Historical Marker On Highway 87

Highwood Mountains

Missouri River

Missouri River Bank

West Of Town

Fort Benton

Grand Union Hotel

Shep Sculpture

Front Street

The I.G. Baker House

Welcome to the Fort Benton Montana Picture Tour

University of Montana professor and Montana Historian K. Ross Toole said in his book, Montana: An Uncommon Land, “Everywhere the Montanan is surrounded by his real heritage. Almost nowhere will he recognize it.”

Thankfully, visitors can learn more about their Montana heritage by making a stop at the once vitally important town of Fort Benton, Montana.  Everywhere you walk along the river and Front Street you will find dozens of “historical markers” that chronicle the birth of Montana.

Break from the Snow

If you are not a “history buff” then go to Fort Benton in late May or June to enjoy a welcomed break from the wind and snow of Winter. The sheltered little town on the banks of the Missouri River can sometime offer visitors green grass, budding trees and other signs of Spring, days or weeks before other neighboring towns begin to “green up.”

Don’t forget, Fort Benton and nearby Loma, Montana offer an attractive alternative to forest fire smoke in the Summer. Floating down the Missouri River past Coal Banks Landings and finishing 148 miles later at the Fred Robinson Bridge will make anybody feel like a modern day Huckleberry Finn.

Meet Mr. Julian Wedgood from the United Kingdom.  Mr. Wedgood launched his motorized canoe below the Clark Canyon Reservoir twenty miles south of Dillon, Montana.  He had to fight barbwire, Spring snow storms, a capsized boat and high water.  Can you guess what his final destination was? We thought he was headed for the Fred Robinson bridge, a hundred and forty miles downstream.  We were a little short. Mr. Wedgood’s final destination was St. Louis, Missouri!  We are posting this picture to learn if Mr. Wedgood made it to St. Louis.  The email address on the canoe and web search failed to turn up anything.