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Near Greycliff in Sweet Grass County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Thomas Party

 
 
The Thomas Party Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
1. The Thomas Party Marker
Inscription. In 1866 William Thomas, his son Charles, and a driver named Schultz left southern Illinois bound for the Gallatin Valley, Montana. Travelling by covered wagon they joined a prairie schooner outfit at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and started over the Bridger Trail. The train was escorted by troops detailed to build a fort (C.F. Smith) on the Big Horn River.
From the site of this fort the Thomas party pushed on alone. A few days later they were killed at this spot by hostile Indians. Emigrants found the bodies and buried them in one grave.
The meager details which sifted back greatly impressed William Thomas' seven year old nephew. Seventy-one years later (1937) this nephew closely followed the Bridger Trail by car and succeeded in locating the almost forgotten grave.
 
Location. 45° 44.109′ N, 109° 42.864′ W. Marker is near Greycliff, Montana, in Sweet Grass County. Marker is on Greycliff Road (State Highway 10 at milepost 12.5), 1.9 miles west of Bridger Creek Road and Greycliff Road (Hwy 10), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Gravel pull-off along eastbound side of Highway 10. Greycliff Road is also known as I-90 Frontage Road. Marker is in this post office area: Greycliff MT 59033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2
The Thomas Party Marker with gravesite in background image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
2. The Thomas Party Marker with gravesite in background
other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crazy Mountains (approx. 2.1 miles away); Captain Wm. Clark (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is pretty well-worn and could use some repair work.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesExplorationForts, CastlesNative AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers
 
Thomas Party gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
3. Thomas Party gravesite
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2010, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on March 22, 2010, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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