Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Bloodiest Block in the West
Indians were fair game. Their corpses dumped into the river started war and a massacre. Mose Solomon, saloon owner, eliminated two customers on the corner; Lou Marshall added Hinchley and several others gunned down on this street "won't be missed."
Poker was played with six-guns atop the table. Females from the brothels were as tough as the men. Madame Moustache brandished Colts to halt the landing of a steamboat carrying smallpox. Saloons and "houses" stayed open all night. The block was lined with barrooms, cathouses and gambling dens–so lawless it had to circled by a cavalry troop so a U.S. Marshal could serve warrants of five on its residents.
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
Location. 47° 49.076′ N, 110° 40.015′ 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. McGraw's Saloon (a few steps from this marker); Old Fort Benton Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); I.G. Baker Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Culbertson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Open Range Cattle (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); "George Montgomery: Rider of the Purple Sage" (within shouting distance of this marker); June 6, 1908 (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.
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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.