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

Stage Lines

Stage Coach West

 
 
Stage Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
1. Stage Lines Marker
Inscription.  Stages operated from Fort Benton in many directions well into the 20th century. The first routes connected the gold camps of Helena and Virginia City with the river port. In 1866 C.C. Huntley established the route, but was soon bought out by Wells Fargo and later by Gilmer and Salisbury. Light mud wagons and Concord coaches were used; sleds were sometimes driven through the mountains in winter.
The trip to Helena took most of two days with no layovers and cost $20. There were ten stops, some for food and others to change horses. It was an overnight ride between Sun River Leavings and Rock Creek Station and a wild trip, particularly in winter. Stages ran daily until the railroad came in 1887, and for a few more years tri-weekly to Lewistown and the Judith Basin before their rail service arrived.
 
Erected by Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 47° 48.901′ N, 110° 40.114′ 
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W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 13th Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located on the river front pathway between Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center and the historic downtown 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. Upriver Businesses (a few steps from this marker); Davidson and Moffitt Harness Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank of Northern Montana (about 500 feet away); Old Fort Campbell (about 500 feet away); Grand Union Hotel (about 500 feet away); Stockmen's National Bank (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Grand Union Hotel (about 600 feet away); Fort Benton Levee (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
Stage Lines - Stage Coach West Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
2. Stage Lines - Stage Coach West Marker
Captions: (top left) Mud Wagons; (bottom left) Front Street, 1969; (top right) Murphy, Neil & Company, 1875; (bottom left) John T. Murphy.
Stage Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2020
3. Stage Lines Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 586 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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