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

Fort Benton and the Mullan Road

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Fort Benton and the Mullan Road Marker
Inscription.  Fort Benton was the eastern terminus of the Mullan Military Road. Construction of the road began in the summer of 1859 at Fort Walla Walla, the head of navigation on the Columbia River. Lieutenant John Mullan of the U.S. Topographical Engineers commanded a work detail of 140 civilians and soldiers that hacked, blasted, and carved a road eastward toward Fort Benton through northern Idaho and western Montana. The U.S. Army intended the road to carry troops and supplies from the upper reaches of the Missouri River across the Continental Divide to the Pacific Northwest. Mullan needed to complete the road to Fort Benton by August 1, 1860 in order to meet troops there and then escort them back across the newly completed road.
On July 2, 1860, the steamboat Chippewa, and Key West deposited 300 soldiers under the command of Major George Blake at the Fort Benton levee. Among the troops was Lieutenant August Kautz, a Military Academy classmate of Mullan. The soldiers anxiously awaited the arrival of Mullan, who was ordered to lead them back across the newly completed road to Walla Walla. After nearly a month, Mullan and his men arrived
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. Fort Benton and the Mullan Road Marker, on right
at Fort Benton, the road completed on time and a little over budget. Mullan left Fort Benton a few days ahead of Blake's recruits, improving the road in advance of the soldiers. After marching over two months and covering more than 600 miles, the soldiers reached Walla Walla. It was the only time the Mullan Road was used as a military road.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 47° 50.364′ N, 110° 41.124′ W. Marker is near Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on U.S. 87 near State Road 233&80, 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Benton (here, next to this marker); Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 1 miles away); a different marker also named Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 1 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1 miles away); a different marker also named St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1 miles away); War Dogs Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Engage's Quarters (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Benton and the Indian Wars (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
Also see . . .  John Mullan (road builder) -- Wikipedia
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3. John Mullan, Jr. in later life
. John Mullan, Jr. (July 31, 1830 – December 28, 1909) was an American soldier, explorer, civil servant, and road builder....He unsuccessfully sought appointment as Territorial Governor of the new Idaho Territory, although he played a significant role in the territory's formation and the establishment of its boundaries.... He later became an agent and lobbyist for the states of California, Nevada, and Oregon and for the Washington Territory, securing reimbursements from the federal government. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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