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

Keelboat Mandan

 
 
Keelboat Mandan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Keelboat Mandan Marker
Inscription.  Keelboats antedated steamboats and used every kind of power–chiefly man–except steam. Propelling them was no idle pastime. The usual method was to set long ash poles on the river bottom, toe the cleated walk and push hard, bow to stern. Crew also stumbled along the bank at the end of a cable. Favoring breezes thankfully indicated a sail.
The keelboat speed record, a brisk 110 miles in 61 days, was set in 1811 by a select crew of Manual Lisa, an impatient character. South Dakota winds chased his vessel clear around the Great Bend below Pierre for 75 miles in a long day. In the enclosed cabin keelboats carried beads, whiskey and other goods traded for beaver and buffalo robes at Indian posts along the Missouri,
 
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 47° 49.173′ N, 110° 39.89′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 17th Street, on the right
Before the Steamboats, on the back of the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. Before the Steamboats, on the back of the marker
Captions: (upper left) Keelboat by Harvey W. Johnson; (upper right) Cordelling by Dave Parchen; (bottom left and center) Keelboat Mandan in the movie "Big Sky;" (bottom right) Cordelling flatboats.
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when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1730 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. Mullan Wagon Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Montana Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power & Bro. (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Drowning of the Governor (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Francis Meager (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Benton – Fort MacLeod Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); H.J. Wackerlin Hardware Company (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
More about this marker. The Mandan is located at Fort Benton's riverside park.
 
Also see . . .  Keelboats -- Steamboat Times. Keelboats were long, narrow craft, usually about seventy-feet in length, though the first keelboats used by explorers and fur traders were smaller. They had a keel providing stability, especially for upriver travel. (Submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Keelboat <i>Mandan</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
3. Keelboat Mandan
Keelboat <i>Mandan</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
4. Keelboat Mandan
Keelboat <i>Mandan</i> in The Big Sky image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rko
5. Keelboat Mandan in The Big Sky
Davy Crockett and the Keelboat Race image. Click for full size.
Photographed By FessParkerFanPage
6. Davy Crockett and the Keelboat Race
Mike Fink keelboats at Disneyland image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yesterland.com
7. Mike Fink keelboats at Disneyland
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Oct. 7, 2022