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

Fort Maginnis

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 9, 2005
1. Fort Maginnis Marker
Inscription. Fort Maginnis, the last army post created in Montana, was built about 8 miles north of here in 1880. This country was great buffalo range before that time, but cattlemen were bringing in stock from the western valleys and the Texas longhorns were being trailed in from the southeast. There wasn’t room for both cattle and buffalo, so the latter had to go. The soldiers were to protect the cattle from being mistaken for buffalo by hungry Indians, to encourage settlement of the Judith Basin west of here and to patrol the Carroll Road to keep supplies rolling between Carroll (near the mouth of the Musselshell River) and Helena. By 1890 the post was no longer needed, the threatening Indians having been relegated to reservations, and the fort was abandoned with civilian blessings.

There were also quite a number of pale-faced parties who were handy with running iron and prone to make errors as to brands and ownership. Such careless souls were known as “rustlers”. Sometimes the cattlemen called on these pariahs with a posse and intimated that they were unpopular. Usually such a visitation cured a rustler or two permanently.
 
Location. 47° 3.736′ N, 109° 6.866′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on U.S. 87. Touch for map

Fort Maginnis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 9, 2005
2. Fort Maginnis Marker
. The marker is located at a pull-off on the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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