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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana 

Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Montana (Part 2)


Last updated 10/16/2019 at 12:11pm

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The Fort Benton Courthouse resides in a community founded in 1846.

In September 1887, the railroad arrived at Fort Benton, signaling the end of the era of river trade, and it seemed the town would die. But a Canadian trade boom opened, resulting in the establishment of the 240-mile-long Whoop Up Trail pointing north to Fort Macleod, Alberta. Although plenty of legitimate commerce was carried out, the trail became known for the illegal whiskey transported on th...

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