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Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Water Ways and Mean

Fort Buford State Historic Site

 
 
Water Ways and Mean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. Water Ways and Mean Marker
Captions: (middle left) Water Wagon; (top right) Steamboats the Josephine and the Far West.
Inscription.  Sawmill & Water Tower
One of the first projects for the soldiers arriving to build Fort Buford in 1866 was to build a sawmill. By June, 1866, the fort's sawmill was in operation providing sawn planks for building material in the construction of the fort. The sawmill was moved to different locations over the years.
Water, a vitally important resource for large military posts like Fort Buford was originally brought into the fort from the river by wagon. An underground water system was started in 1885 and completed by the addition of the water tower in 1889. This water system served the fort for the remainder of its history.
The foundation of the water tower can be seen today just north of this sign across the irrigation canal.

Steamboat Landing
Fort Buford, strategically situated at the Confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, was tied to river transportation. Along this river terrace was the Fort Buford Steamboat Landing. Supplies and material were off-loaded along this bank to fill the quartermaster warehouses. It was here on July 4, 1876, that the steamboat, "Far West" stopped briefly,
Water Ways and Mean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. Water Ways and Mean Marker
bringing the news of the defeat of the Seventh Cavalry at the Little Bighorn. Fort Buford was the first U.S. Army post to learn of the tragedy. In 1889, after the completion of the Great Northern Railroad to the West Coast, steamboat traffic began a steady decline.
 
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Location. 47° 58.949′ N, 103° 59.699′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plants of the Plains (a few steps from this marker); Lesser Known Forts at the Confluence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mosquitoes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parade Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Buford State Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Buford Historic Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Telegraph Office (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Model of the steamboat Far West image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
3. Model of the steamboat Far West
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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