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

Claggett Hill Trail

 
 
Claggett Hill Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
1. Claggett Hill Trail Marker
Inscription.  In 1866, the U.S. army established Camp Cooke on the west bank of the Judith River near its confluence with the Missouri near here to protect local settlers from Indian raids. Shortly thereafter, steamboat entrepreneur and trader T.C. Power built a small trading post near the camp to supply goods and services to the soldiers. Power named the post Fort Claggett in honor of his friend, William Claggett, one of Montana Territory's most respected politicians and capitalists.
After Camp Cooke closed in 1870, Power built a second Fort Claggett east of the Judith River about two miles from this marker. Strategically located near a river ford, the fort obtained supplies from steamboats plying the Missouri and shipped out beaver pelts, buffalo hides and cattle to the "States." By 1884, this segment of the Claggett Trail was heavily used by freighters, cowboys, businessmen, Indians and miners seeking their fortunes in the nearby Judith Mountains. In the mid-1880s, Power and Gilman Norris formed the Judith Mercantile and Cattle Company with its headquarters at Fort Claggett. At its peak in the late 1880s, Fort Claggett consisted of a store, hotel,
Claggett Hill Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
2. Claggett Hill Trail Marker
saloon, warehouse, mail station, stables and sheep sheds. Although Fergus County has actively maintained portions of the Claggett Trail, this section exists unaltered and is representative of the late 19th century freighting roads.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 47° 42.901′ N, 109° 37.497′ W. Marker is near Winifred, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on PN Bridge Road (State Highway 236), on the left when traveling south. The marker is approximately 2 miles south of the Missouri River and the PN Bridge. 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 (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Judith Landing (approx. 0.9 miles away); Welcome to the Mountain Ranges (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Anglos Are Coming (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tale of Two Treaties (approx. 1.6 miles away); Naturally Sustained Productivity (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Cooke (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winifred.
 
Looking north toward the Missouri River and Judith Landing from Claggett Hill lookout. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
3. Looking north toward the Missouri River and Judith Landing from Claggett Hill lookout.
Looking northeast toward the Missouri River and Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2020
4. Looking northeast toward the Missouri River and Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument
 
 
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 23 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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