Near Frazer in Valley County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Location. 48° 3.57′ N, 106° 1.107′ W. Marker is near Frazer, Montana, in Valley County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 2 at milepost 573 and McConnell Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 2. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57260 US Highway 2, Frazer MT 59225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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1. Smallpox in the Blankets -- HistoryNet. Plains Indians kept track of the passing years by winter counts, pictures painted in spirals, often on the smooth inner hide of buffalo robes. Each tribe recorded its own version of what was important. But one event on virtually all Plains Indian winter counts was the “smallpox winter.” The smallpox epidemic of 1837–38 all but destroyed the Mandans and severely reduced the Arikaras and Hidatsas, who also lived in fortified villages along the Missouri River... (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. 1837 Great Plains smallpox epidemic -- Wikipedia. More than 17,000 Indigenous people died along the Missouri River alone, with some bands becoming nearly extinct. Having witnessed the effects of the epidemic on the Mandan tribe, fur trader Francis Chardon wrote, "the small-pox had never been known in the civilized world, as it had been among the poor Mandans and other Indians. Only twenty-seven Mandans were left to tell the tale." (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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