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Near Fort Peck in Valley County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Fort Peck

 
 
Old Fort Peck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. Old Fort Peck Marker
Inscription.  On the west bank of the Missouri River about 1 mile from the Dam was located Old Fort Peck.The stockade about 300 feet square with walls 12 feet high of cottonwood logs set vertically, 3 bastions and 3 gateways on the front, and 2 bastions on the rear, enclosed quarters for men, store houses, blacksmith shops, stables and corral. Built in 1867 by the firm of Durfee & Peck as a trading post, the fort was named for Colonel Campbell K. Peck. Although not an Army post, it often served as temporary headquarters for military men and commissioners sent out by the Government to negotiate with the Indians.
To peaceful Indians it was an important trading post, to trappers and rivermen a safe shelter from warlike Indians. Stern wheel steamers loaded and unloaded here and took on wood for steam for their journeys.
Old Fort Peck is history. Its site lies peacefully, with its memories, covered by a man made lake which is formed by the largest earth filled dam ever built by man.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
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Forts and Castles. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list.
 
Location. 48° 0.048′ N, 106° 28.809′ W. Marker is near Fort Peck, Montana, in Valley County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 24 at milepost 59 and Missouri Avenue (County Road 117) on State Highway 24. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Peck MT 59223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Peck Administration Building (approx. 1.7 miles away); Powerful Afterthoughts (approx. 2.8 miles away); Diverting the Mighty Missouri (approx. 2.8 miles away); Boomtowns on the Outskirts (approx. 2.8 miles away); Town Built for a Dam (approx. 2.8 miles away); In Memory (approx. 3.7 miles away); Built with Muscle and Muck (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Peck Dam (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Peck.
 
Also see . . .  Old Fort Peck -- FortPeckDam.com. In 1871 the Milk River Indian Agency was moved to Fort Peck from its former location at the mouth of People's Creek on the Milk River. This Agency represented the Assinboine, Brule, Teton, Hunkpapa and Yanktonai Sioux
Old Fort Peck Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. Old Fort Peck Marker
Tribes. Thus the stockade remained a combination trading post and Indian Agency until 14 July 1879 when the Agency was moved to the Poplar Creek and the trading post abandoned.
(Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. DAR Commemorative Marker
It was on May 21, 1970, that the Milk River Chapter, NSDAR placed a marker at historic Fort Peck. The plaque was sited in the entrance to the first powerhouse, which also features a museum. The chapter’s intent was to give visitors an opportunity to learn a bit of early history and to preserve the significance of the historic Fort Peck name. The plaque is shown on Photos 4 and 5 on this page.
    — Submitted March 1, 2020, by Cheryl Genovese of Bozeman, Montana.
 
Old Fort Peck image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Arthur H. Buckley
3. Old Fort Peck
Old Fort Peck DAR Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Old Fort Peck DAR Marker
Site of DAR Fort Peck marker image. Click for full size.
5. Site of DAR Fort Peck marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4, 5. submitted on March 1, 2020, by Cheryl Genovese of Bozeman, Montana.

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