Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
T.C. Power & Bro.
In 1875 Power bought the Benton as the flag ship of the upper Missouri's greatest steamboat line. The Block P between her stacks, and on a dozen other boats, became as well-known to Montanans as the insignias of the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez on the Mississippi. T.C. Power parlayed his start in Fort Benton into wealth, a seat in the U.S. Senate and a noteworthy place in regional history.
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
Location. 47° 49.163′ N, 110° 39.924′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County 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 Building (here, next to this marker); Mullan Wagon Road (a few steps from 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); Keelboat Mandan (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Dry Goods Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Choteau House (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.
Also see . . . Power family photograph collection., 1872-1945, Bibliographical Note -- Archives West. T. C. Power's firm was ideally located. It traded with residents of the locality, the military garrison, and Indian tribes of the region. As head of navigation on the Missouri, Fort Benton also offered unique advantages of supply and served as the hub of a freighting network to the towns and camps of the isolated Territory. Power rapidly exploited his situation and, in 1868, began supplementary overland freighting operations while expanding the range and quantity of his merchandise. (Submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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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 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.