The Historic Old Fort Benton in Fort Benton, Montana
What fun we had at the Historic Old Fort Benton in Fort Benton, Montana!
Located at the end of Front Street on the Missouri River, you will pay your admission at the Museum of the Upper Missouri, which gives you access to all of the museums in Fort Benton for two consecutive days.
The fort was established as the last fur trading post on the Upper Missouri River, becoming a very important economic center. Steamboats used the river to access the fort; carrying goods, gold miners, and settlers.
The Old Fort offers a trip back in time, to learn about the fur trade, particularly the Blackfeet buffalo robe trade. It is fun to put yourself in their shoes, thinking of how amazing buffalo fur must have been to the settlers moving West, keeping them warm and dry. The settlers brought the Blackfeet Indians beads and blankets, and it was described to us how exciting it was for the Blackfeet to receive items in a variety of colors.
You can take your time touring the Fort, envisioning what it was like to arrive by steamboat in the 1800’s.
The highlight for me was Mr. Spoon, who mans the trade store. A man of many talents, he will sing to you, (including a lullaby for little ones!), and he will tell you all about the history of the fur trade, in a way that makes it fun and memorable.
Be sure to stop into the Historic Old Fort on your trip through Fort Benton, Montana.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog
Information on the Fort:
Open Memorial Day weekend through September 30th
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Monday through Saturday
12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday