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

Mullan Wagon Road

 
 
Mullan Wagon Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Mullan Wagon Road Marker
Inscription.  Captain John Mullan started surveying the Mullen Road in 1853 and began construction in 1859 of the 624-mile wagon road that linked Fort Benton to the head of navigation on the Columbia. Indian wars slowed him somewhat, but Mullan opened his route to travel in 1860, years ahead of the transcontinental railroads and at a fraction of the cost of an interstate turnoff.
The Mullan Road began right at the sally port here and ended at Fort Walla Walla. A tourist heading for Spokane retraces hundreds of those miles, but no long contends with Blackfoot Indians. The road's history has faded into forgotten lore, but it was a highway to empire, the fastest land-water route across the continent in its day. Travelers took 47 days on the road, but boarded steamboats at either end where comfort and pleasure promised a safe arrival at either terminus.
 
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 47° 49.166′ 
1859-1860 The Mullan Road, on the back of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. 1859-1860 The Mullan Road, on the back of the marker
From the Dalles, Oregon to Fort Benton, Montana

Caption: (upper left) Captain John Mullan; Map of the Mullan Road.
N, 110° 39.912′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 17th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. T.C. Power & Bro. (a few steps from this marker); T.C. Power Building (a few steps from this marker); Keelboat Mandan (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); H.J. Wackerlin Hardware Company (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Dry Goods Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Montana Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
More about this marker. This marker is in Fort Benton's riverside park.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Mullan Wagon Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
3. Mullan Wagon Road Marker
The Mullan Road Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
4. The Mullan Road Monument
Capt. John Mullan Trail 1853 – 1855

National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
The Mullan Road
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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