Near Columbus in Stillwater County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Bozeman's roundabout route was the original Bozeman Trail. James A. Sawyers opened a cutoff trail in August 1866. It ran from the recently established Fort C.F. Smith to the Clarks Fork. Sawyers' trail crossed the Clarks Fork at present Edgar, where he intersected the Bridger Trail and followed it 6 miles west to the Rock Creek crossing. On the west side of the crossing, Sawyer's route joined Bozeman's. From that point west to Gallatin Valley, the Bozeman Trail followed the Bridger Trail with only a few miner deviations.
Location. 45° 36.026′ N, 109° 3.966′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is on Westbound Rest Area (Interstate 90 at mile marker 418), on the left of the parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus MT 59019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Great Inland Seaway (a few steps from this marker).
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