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

Chouteau County Courthouse

 
 
Chouteau County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Chouteau County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Chouteau County was one of the nine original counties created February 2. 1865. At that time there was a sporting disregard for assessors, taxes and the law. For example, in 1872 when the jail burned, all the peace officers were in Canada trading whiskey to the Indians.
Taxes were first assessed in 1873 to the tune of $1172.55 for the county. The original courthouse, a block over on Main Street burned on January 5, 1883. The new construction was originally priced at $12,000 but, like government today, the ante was soon raided to $50,000.
Gus Senieur got the bid at $43,000 and the architects Kees and Fisk from Minneapolis designed the structure. The last brick was laid July 4, 1884 but it was not until September that everyone moved in. Some additions have been made to the rear but its integrity remains intact. It is the second oldest courthouse in Montana still in use.
 
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
 
Location. 47° 49.033′ N, 110° 40.267′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in
1884 Chouteau County Courthouse Marker, inverse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. 1884 Chouteau County Courthouse Marker, inverse
Captions: (top right) Chouteau County Jail – 1881; (bottom right) Built in 1884.
Chouteau County. Marker is on Franklin Street near 13th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1308 Franklin, 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 Chouteau County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Northern Montana (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stockmen's National Bank (about 700 feet away); Davidson and Moffitt Harness Shop (about 700 feet away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named St. Paul's Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); Grand Union Hotel (about 800 feet away); Fort Benton Levee (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
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Chouteau County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
3. Chouteau County Courthouse
Chouteau County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
4. Chouteau County Courthouse
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
 
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