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

Camp Cooke

First Military Post in Montana

 
 
Camp Cooke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
1. Camp Cooke Marker
Inscription.  Near this site, where the Missouri and Judith Rivers join together, the United States Army built the first military post in Montana Territory on July 10, 1866. The post, under the operation of the 13th Infantry, continued to provide service to the area until the official closing of Camp Cooke on March 31, 1870. A number of soldiers died and were buried in the post cemetery. The bodies were never moved.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 47° 43.57′ N, 109° 38.079′ W. Marker is near Winifred, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of PN Bridge Road (State Highway 236), on the right when traveling south on PN Bridge Road. The marker is approximately 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. The Judith Landing (here, next to this marker); Claggett Hill Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Welcome to the Mountain Ranges
Camp Cooke Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
2. Camp Cooke Marker
(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 . . .  Camp Cooke (Montana) -- Wikipedia. The camp was established on July 10, 1866, just upstream from the mouth of the Judith River by the 13th Infantry Regiment. By 1867 Camp Cooke had a strength of approximately 400 men. The army established the post to protect steamboat traffic en route to Fort Benton. (Submitted on December 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
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 22 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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