Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Coulson's Steamboat Offices
Coulson Steamboat Lines Largest Company of the Upper River
Colonel George Clendenin came to Fort Benton as an agent for Coulson in 1877 and erected the building for offices and a warehouse in 1881. Struck by gold fever, Clendenin left shortly thereafter for Montana's last big strike in the Barker district of the Big Belt Mountains. Clendinin (sic) missed finding his fortune when he died in a cave-in in 1882. A boom town in the Neihart area was named for him that has since disappeared, along with Gold Run, Baker and Hughesville. In later years the Clendenin building served as a dance hall, law offices, lodge hall, brothels, and apartments before it was torn down.
Erected by Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 47° 48.785′ 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. Nez Perce Fight (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Northern Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Campbell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whoop Up Trail (about 400 feet away); Fort LaBarge (about 600 feet away); Upriver Businesses (about 800 feet away); Stage Lines (about 800 feet away); Davidson and Moffitt Harness Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
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