Fort Benton Travel Guide

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  • Fort Benton
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    Shep's statue
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Fort Benton Things to Do

  • Captain John Mullan statue

    The Mullan Wagon Road is completely forgotten today, but it was the Route 66 of it's day. For a period of about 10 years, it was the most important road in the American West. It went from Fort Benton, Montana to Walla Walla, Washington. Which to us today, sounds like a completely pointless road. But, put yourself back in the 1850's, and you can see...

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  • Choutaeu County Courthouse

    This pretty little courthouse building was constructed in 1884. It is the second oldest courthouse in Montana.

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  • Keelboat "Mandan"

    This replica keelboat was built for the 1952 Kirk Douglas movie, The Big Sky. Keelboats were the mainstay of frontier waterways until steamboats took over. Travelling upriver with a keelboat was a difficult experience. The usual method was to use long poles that reached the shallow river beds and drag the keelboat along. With a favorable wind you...

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  • Lewis and Clark Statue

    Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery past through Fort Benton in the summer of 1805. They had spent the previous winter in the Mandan Indian Village in what is now North Dakota.They had just passed through the scenic Missouri Breaks section of the Missouri River. Just ahead of them lie the Great Falls of the Missouri, the difficult portage...

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  • Shep's Statue

    Shep's story is one of the most touching tales of a dog's faithfulness to his master. In 1936, a local sheepherder died. His casket was loaded onto a train heading East for burial. Watching the train leave was the sheepherders dog, Shep. Every day for the next 6 years, Shep would meet the arriving train, waiting for his masters return. He became a...

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  • Fort Benton Bridge

    Opened in 1888, it was designed to swing open to allow steamboats to pass through. Unfortunately, they never did, and the structure was heavily damaged 1908. It was rebuilt as the fixed structure that still crosses the Missouri River today. Nowadays, it is a pedestrian only bridge that affords nice views of the town and the Missouri River.

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  • Grand Union Hotel

    The largest and most historic building in Fort Benton, the Grand Union hotel was built in 1882. Unfortunately for it's owners, the following year the Northern Pacific Railroad was completed, which greatly diminished Fort Benton's importance as a steamship terminus. The hotel survived, however, and today you can still spent the night there.

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  • Windseekr's Things to Do Tip

    The town of Fort Benton, the county seat for Chouteau County, obscured from this viewpoint on the plateau situated above the Missouri River. A building from the fair grounds is barely recognizable in this photo, located on the west end of town.

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  • The bravest of all cowboys at...

    The bravest of all cowboys at the Rodeo - The Rodeo Clown. This man's primary role is to protect the competing cowboys from the danger of angry bulls and the horses that are running about the arena. He can always be counted on to entertain the crowds in between events.

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