Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29 – Great Falls, MT

Fort Benton is considered the birthplace of Montana. It is a small town with a large heritage.  Fort Benton is situated on the banks of the Missouri River. It began as a buffalo robe trading post. Discovery of gold in Montana brought new emigrants seeking their fortunes.  Infamous trails were forged from Fort Benton into Canada and were used for whiskey trade with the Indians. Mullen Wagon Road connected the Missouri river with the Columbia River 642 miles away.  Fort Benton was the inner most port in the world! The post played a vital role in western expansion.
Today the town of Fort Benton celebrated Summer with a parade, historical re-enactors, music, food vendors and fireworks!

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