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Wibaux in Wibaux County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Pierre Wibaux

 
 
Pierre Wibaux Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
1. Pierre Wibaux Marker
Inscription.  In 1876, this was strictly buffalo and Indian country. From 1876 to 1881, the U.S. Army rounded up the Indians and forced them onto reservations while buffalo hunters cleared the range for the cattle boom of the Eighties.
Pierre Wibaux ran one of the biggest cattle spreads around here in the early days. A native of France, he arrived in Montana in 1883 after studying the cattle industry from car to packing house. Within a decade of his arrival, he had amassed a herd of 65,000 cattle and prospered from business investments throughout the region. Wibaux had boundless optimism for his adopted state and once said that "If a man is intelligent, has courage, and can see things clearly, he can make money." Through his guidance, the wide-open cow town of Mingusville was renamed Wibaux and became a significant cattle and sheep shipping point on the Northern Pacific Railway. When he died in 1913, his will provided a fund to erect a statue of himself in the town named for him.
From this end of Montana to the west end is just about the same distance as from New York to Chicago. You have to push a lot of ground behind you to get places in this
Pierre Wibaux Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2020
2. Pierre Wibaux Marker
state.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 46° 59.416′ N, 104° 10.751′ W. Marker is in Wibaux, Montana, in Wibaux County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Avenue Northeast, aka Old Highway 10 near Log Cabin Road (County Road 7), on the right when traveling west. The marker is in the Wibaux Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 2nd Avenue Northeast, Wibaux MT 59353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Dinosaur Country (a few steps from this marker); Join the Voyage of Discovery (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Pierre Wibaux (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wibaux House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wibaux Commercial Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Clark Hardware Company (approx. half a mile away); Smith Saloon (approx. half a mile away); St. Peter's Catholic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wibaux.
 
Pierre Wibaux's statue of himself image. Click for full size.
By Wibauxco.com
3. Pierre Wibaux's statue of himself
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 27 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Feb. 26, 2021