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Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

I.G. Baker Home

 
 
I.G. Baker Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. I.G. Baker Home Marker
Inscription.  From the 1850s to 1887, Fort Benton was the trade center for this region of the American and Canadian West. Like others who chose to stay when the fur trade declined, I.G. Baker (last American Fur Company factor at the fort) turned to new endeavors. Through the 1870s and 1880s, I.G. Baker Company was Montana's largest mercantile enterprise. But when the company began in 1895-1866, Baker and his brother George had only a log store along the levee. Baker's wife joined him in 1867, and he began to construct this home–then a two-room adobe with a sod roof. In it , Montana Territory's Acting Governor Thomas F. Meagher ate his last meal before his mysterious drowning in 1867. Sometime in the next decade, two rooms to the rear were added and metal replaced the sod roof. In 1876, a second remodeling added clapboard siding, a shingle roof, and the front portico. The from room on the left became as it appears today. The mercantile Conrad family also called this building home, and it once was used as officers quarters for the fort.
 
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I.G. Baker Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. I.G. Baker Home and Marker
Marker to the right of the entrance.
Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 49.133′ N, 110° 39.976′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 16th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1604 Front Street, Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named I.G. Baker Home (a few steps from this marker); Choteau House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Choteau House (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Dry Goods Store (within shouting distance of this marker); H.J. Wackerlin Hardware Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Francis Meager (within shouting distance of this marker); Drowning of the Governor (within shouting distance of this marker); I.G. Baker Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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