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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hysham in Treasure County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Jedediah Smith Marker
Inscription.  One of the most famous trappers of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era was Jedediah Smith, who came west with St. Louis trader William Ashley in 1822. He spent his first winter in Montana at the mouth of the Musselshell River about 100 miles northwest of here. Over the next decade, Smith trapped and explored the Great Plains and Rockies. He re-discovered the South Pass in Wyoming in 1824 and established overland routes to California and Oregon. The trails Smith and his comrades blazed in the 1820s served thousands of emigrants during the great overland migrations of the 1840s and 1850s.
Smith was no stranger to Montana. After wintering on the Musselshell, he explored the upper Missouri River and became well-acquainted with the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison rivers. Smith also worked his way through the Bitterroot, Big Hole, Clark Fork, and upper Flathead valleys. By 1828, he was part-owner of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, which employed many legendary fur traders and trappers like Jim Bridger, Bill Sublette, and Tom Fitzpatrick. Trade opportunities with the Crow Indians eventually drew Smith to this region. In July 1825, Smith and 20
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other trappers floated the Bighorn and Yellowstone rivers to Fort Union at the confluence of the Missouri. The expedition reached the fort in mid-August after sustaining an attack to the east of here by the Blackfeet Indians.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
Location. 46° 13.155′ N, 107° 15.069′ W. Marker is near Hysham, Montana, in Treasure County. Marker is on Interstate 94 at milepost 65 near Old U.S. Highway 312, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located at the Big Horn/Hysham Rest Area Westbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hysham MT 59038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Jedediah Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Hysham and Treasure County (within shouting distance of this marker); Pease Bottom Fight (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fort Pease (approx. 5.2 miles away); Yucca Theatre and David M. Manning Residence (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sanders Gymnasium (approx. 8.7 miles away); Tullock's Creek (approx. 10.2 miles away).
More about this marker. A duplicate of this marker can be found at
Jedediah Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Jedediah Smith Marker
the Instate 94 Big Horn/Hysham Rest Area Eastbound.
Also see . . .  Jedediah Smith -- Wikipedia. After his death, Smith's memory and his accomplishments were mostly forgotten by Americans. At the beginning of the 20th century, scholars and historians made efforts to recognize and study his achievements.... A popular Smith biography by Dale Morgan, published in 1953, established Smith as an authentic national hero. (Submitted on January 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Jedediah Smith image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer
3. Jedediah Smith
Jedediah Smith, life portrait, said to have been drawn by a friend, from memory, after the 1831 death of Smith. -- Wikipedia
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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