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Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Most Progressive in Montana

First in Montana

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
1. Most Progressive in Montana Marker
Inscription.  
On July 19, 1882 the steamer Rose Bud docked at the Fort Benton levee. That night the residents got their first glimpse of an electric light with a show from the the steamer's big searchlight, much to the chagrin of a prominent local citizen and his girlfriend on the balcony of the Choteau House. By 1887 five Block P boats had electricity in their cabins.

The city of Fort Benton had its own steam generator and a water treatment plant in 1888. Both were the first in Montana, several months ahead of Helena and years ahead of Butte. Celebration of the occasion was on St. Patrick's Day at the Choteau House; Mayor Jere Sullivan and builder George F. Woolston gave the featured addresses to a houseful of delighted citizens.
 
Erected by Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 47° 48.657′ N, 110° 40.336′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on River Street near 8th Street, on the right when

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
2. Most Progressive in Montana - First in Montana Marker
Captions: (left) Electric and Water Treatment Plants; (upper right) Steamer Rose Bud; notice the large light in front.; (lower right) His Honor Mayor Jere Sullivan and Mrs. Sullivan with builder George F. Woolston dedicating the new steam generator - Throwing the Switch for the First Time.
traveling north. The marker is located on the river front pathway between Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center and the historic central business district. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cow Island Incident (a few steps from this marker); The Little Shell Chippewa (within shouting distance of this marker); Priming the Pump (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort LaBarge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grasshoppers in the River? (about 400 feet away); Whoop Up Trail (about 600 feet away); Great Northern Railway (about 800 feet away); Nez Perce Fight (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
3. Most Progressive in Montana Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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