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

The Choteau House

 
 
The Choteau House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. The Choteau House Marker
Inscription.  Originally a pretentious two-story frame hotel familiar to all rivermen, the Choteau House was built in the spring of 1868. T.C. Power and I.G. Baker constructed the building between their businesses to rival Overland up the street.
At first operated by Mrs. Thwing, it was called the Thwing House until 1879 when Jere Sullivan arrived from Sun River and opened it as the Chouteau House. The structure also served as a military officer's quarter, with a convenient adobe annex for its saloon. When rival John Power rebuilt in brick in 1900, Sullivan followed with a two-story brick in 1903. The third floor was added in 1910 during the homestead boom. Jere Sullivan departed this world in 1919, leaving Fort Benton without its "ambassador of good-will and Irish charm," Clarence McCauley married his widow and ran the hotel until 1944.
 
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
 
Location. 47° 49.136′ N, 110° 39.951′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is at the intersection of
The Choteau House Marker, inverse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. The Choteau House Marker, inverse
Captions: (lower left) The New Choteau Horse, Fort Benton, Mont. Third Story Added; (upper right) Jere Sullivan; The Original Building - Built in 1968 (sic); (lower right) New Brick Building - 1893.
Front Street and 17th Street, on the right when traveling north on Front Street. 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. A different marker also named Choteau House (a few steps from this marker); I.G. Baker Home (a few steps from this marker); T.C. Power Dry Goods Store (a few steps from this marker); H.J. Wackerlin Hardware Company (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named I.G. Baker Home (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); T.C. Power Building (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 located in Fort Benton's riverside park.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Choteau House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
3. The Choteau House and Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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