Fort Shaw in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The girls' basketball team won games with such regularity during the next two years, Superintendent Campbell, now with the added title of Coach Campbell, challenged them to meet their academic requirements with the promise of taking the girls' basketball team to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis during the summer of 1904.
That dream was realized in June 1904 when the team boarded the train bound for the St. Louis World's Fair.
The exhibition games played by the ten young women from Fort Shaw proved to be of great interest to fairgoers. Toward the end of the exposition, the Indian team from Fort Shaw was challenged to a three-game series by a team of Missouri All-Stars. The winner would be named Champions of the World's Fair.
People thronged to the games played outdoors
The Fort Shaw champions proudly brought the silver trophy home to Montana.
The boundless spirit of these extraordinary young women lives on in generations of their descendants.
Erected 2004 by Sun River Valley Historical Society.
Location. 47° 30.564′ N, 111° 49.193′ W. Marker is in Fort Shaw, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on School Loop near Old Fort Shaw Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 School Loop, Fort Shaw MT 59443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Shaw Government Industrial Indian School (a few steps from this marker); Fort Shaw (within shouting distance of this marker); Commanding Officer's Quarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Shaw (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sun River Crossing (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Champions: The Girls of Fort Shaw -- Montana Womens History. This site includes a link to Playing for the World, a Montana PBS film about the Fort Shaw Women's Basketball Team. (Submitted on December 31, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.