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Winifred in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Judith Landing

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
1. The Judith Landing Marker
Inscription.  Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived at the mouth of the Judith River on May 29, 1895 and named it for Clark's sweetheart, Julia Hancock. Lewis described it as a "handsome river" and noted the recent evidence of Indian encampments there. The fur traders who followed on the heels of the Corps of Discovery were well acquainted with this area. Beginning in the 1860s, Missouri River steamboats en route to Fort Benton often tied up her to buy fuel from "woodhawks" who cut timber on the surrounding bluffs. In 1865, the U.S. Army established a fort called Camp Cook (sic) on the west bank of the Judith. It was one of the most remote military posts in Montana with access to it so difficult that even the "Indians moved away and left it alone." The army abandoned the post in 1869. In 1872, Fort Benton entrepreneur Thomas C. Power erected Fort Clagett near the month of the river. By 1885, it was the site of a bustling community that included a stone warehouse, saloon, hotel, stable, blacksmith shop, and store.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed
The Judith Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
2. The Judith Landing Marker
in these topic lists: ExplorationForts and CastlesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 47° 43.57′ N, 109° 38.079′ W. Marker is in Winifred, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on PN Bridge Road (State Highway 236), on the right when traveling south. The marker is about 1 mile south of the PN Bridge and Missouri River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winifred MT 59489, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Cooke (here, next to this marker); Claggett Hill Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Welcome to the Mountain Ranges (approx. one mile away); The Anglos Are Coming (approx. one mile away); Tale of Two Treaties (approx. one mile away); Naturally Sustained Productivity (approx. one mile away); Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Camp Cooke (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winifred.
 
Also see . . .  Judith Landing, Montana -- Legends of America. Judith Landing, a recreation area located Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River in Montana, has a long history of early exploration. (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 26 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Feb. 26, 2021