Ovando in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Early Ovando Years
Ovando Hoyt left here in 1903 and moved to Ellenburg, Washington, where he died and is buried. His log home, which housed the first post office, still stands at the west end of town and is a reminder of the man who gave this town so much including its unusual name.
Different versions of his legend claim that his trading with the Indians involved illegal alcohol and arms, but others say he's was honorable in all his dealings with Indian and white settlers alike. The differing stories of his death reflect this contradictory nature of his reputation. What is known is that in the Fall of 1877, while he was in an Indian camp on the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, an argument broke out -- some say because he was trading whiskey and ammunition, and others say because he would not trade illegally with the Indians. In either case, an altercation occurred and Monture was killed. Later, his mutilated body was rescued by his pioneer friends, and buried in a secret location. A stone monument to his memory was erected in 1920 and still stands at the site of his death, about four miles east of Ovando. Monture Creek, a tributary of the Blackfoot River, also pays tribute to George Monture. The site
1488 - 2001
A Witness to History
1483 Douglas fir sprouts 9 years before Columbus' voyage • 1600-1709 Ancestors of current Montana tribes arrive, being pushed west by settlers and other tribes • 1620 Pilgrims on Mayflower land at Plymouth Rock • 1700 Spanish explorers bring horses to Montana (sic) • 1743 Canadian fur traders arrive in Montana • 1776 Declaration of Independence • 1803 Louisiana Purchase; Lewis and Clark begin Expedition • 1806 Meriwether Lewis travels through Blackfoot Valley • 1841 Montana's first pioneer settlement - Bitterroot Valley • 1846 Western Montana purchased from the British • 1850 Ranching begins in Montana • 1848-1853 Western Montana declared part of Oregon Territory • 1854 Early railroad survey party in Blackfoot Valley • 1855 Hellgate Treaty brings more settlers • 1862 Bonner Bridge across Blackfoot River completed • 1863 All of Montana becomes part of Idaho Territory • 1864 President Lincoln declares Montana Territory • 1870s Present Ovando town site becomes trade center • 1880s Logging industry begins in Blackfoot Valley • 1882 The settlement is named Ovando after its first postmaster • 1883 Northern Pacific Railroad crosses Montana • 1884 First Ovando school - 6 students • 1889 President Harrison declares Montana a state • 1890 General store established by Ovando Holt • 1894 Original log structure of Ovando Community Church built; Phone line from Ovando to Drummond installed • 1895 Ovando town hall built • 1909-1918 Homesteading boom in Montana • 1919 "The Big Blow-up Fire" in Western Montana and Idaho • 1919 Ovando fire destroys seven buildings • 1923 Ovando schoolhouse burns and current school is built • 1925 Half of Montana'a farmers lost farm - Montana only state with declining population • 1926 Last logs float down Blackfoot River to Bonner; trucks are preferred • 1964 Wilderness Act passed; Bob Marshall Wilderness defined • 1968 Timber industry peaks - 1.5 billion board feet processed • 1973 Scapegoat Wilderness designated • 1973 Ovando town hall, fish hatchery & Corner Bar collapse after deep heavy snow • 1988 Scapegoat fire • 2000 Montana burns • 2001 Tree is cut down due to disease
Erected by Brand Bar Museum.
Location. 47° 1.195′ N, 113° 7.913′ W. Marker is in Ovando, Montana, in Powell County. Marker is on Main Street near Kilburn Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 403 Main Street, Ovando MT 59854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lewis Minus Clark Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bob Marshall Wilderness Country (approx. 5.4 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.