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University Montana 

This is Montana: Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Montana (Part 1)

 

October 9, 2019

Chris Groeling

he Missouri River flows through a bend near Fort Benton, Montana.

Fort Benton rests along the mighty Missouri River. Founded in 1846, it's the oldest town in Montana. During its first century, Fort Benton would become a springboard for trade as goods would be offloaded at the navigable end of the Missouri River and transported west by wagon. Flood control and other initiatives in the 1940s rendered Sioux City the new head of navigation on the Missouri, as the...



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