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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Beaverhead County, Montana

Clickable Map of Beaverhead County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Beaverhead County, MT (52) Deer Lodge County, MT (53) Madison County, MT (125) Ravalli County, MT (35) Silver Bow County, MT (169) Clark County, ID (3) Fremont County, ID (20) Lemhi County, ID (74)  BeaverheadCounty(52) Beaverhead County (52)  DeerLodgeCounty(53) Deer Lodge County (53)  MadisonCounty(125) Madison County (125)  RavalliCounty(35) Ravalli County (35)  SilverBowCounty(169) Silver Bow County (169)  ClarkCountyIdaho(3) Clark County (3)  FremontCounty(20) Fremont County (20)  LemhiCounty(74) Lemhi County (74)
Dillon is the county seat for Beaverhead County
Adjacent to Beaverhead County, Montana
      Deer Lodge County (53)  
      Madison County (125)  
      Ravalli County (35)  
      Silver Bow County (169)  
      Clark County, Idaho (3)  
      Fremont County, Idaho (20)  
      Lemhi County, Idaho (74)  
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1 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dell — The Montana-Utah Road
Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. They . . . Map (db m124333) HM
2 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — "it was mutually advantageous..."Lewis and Clark at Camp Fortunate
Few points along the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition have the significance of this site, now beneath the waters of Clark Canyon Reservoir. Noted on their maps as "Fortunate Camp", the Lewis and Clark Expedition journeyed here hoping to . . . Map (db m124302) HM
3 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — A Tribute to Sidney EdgertonMontana's Unsung Hero
Sidney Edgerton arrived at Bannack from Ohio in September 1863 to begin his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Idaho Territory. The massive territory encompassed Idaho, all of Montana, and the western half of Wyoming, with the . . . Map (db m124263) HM
4 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Bannack
Lewis and Clark Trail 1806 First important gold camp 1862 Scene of vigilante activities 1863 First capital Territory of Montana 1864-1865 First county seat of Beaverhead County 1864-1881 In grateful memory of the early pioneers who . . . Map (db m49535) HM
5 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Bannack
Montana's first gold rush began near here at Grasshopper Creek in the summer of 1862. Prospectors John White and company camped along the insect infested banks as they looked for a shortcut to the Deer Lodge valley. They panned the gravel - as was . . . Map (db m124290) HM
6 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Bannack
Lewis and Clark Trail 1806. First Important Gold Camp 1862. Scene of Vigilante Activities 1863. First Capital Territory of Montana 1864-1865. First County Seat of Beaverhead County 1864-1881. In grateful memory of the early pioneers who founded our . . . Map (db m145711) HM
7 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Bannack Historical District
Bannack epitomizes the tough, primitive towns that sprang up with gold discoveries. Its story also illustrates a century of survival, through boom and bust periods associated with resource extraction and technological advances. On July 28, 1862, . . . Map (db m124262) HM
8 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Beaverhead County World War II Memorial
This Plaque and Chimes Installed to the Glory of God in Memory of Beaverhead County Boys Who Gave Their Lives in World War II Raymond Arrigoni • James Barlow • William Bender • Phil Burke • Thomas Butler • Frank Buyan • LaRue Cantrell . . . Map (db m180755) WM
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9 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Beaverhead Rock
The prominent geological feature to the west is called Beaverhead Rock. On the afternoon of August 8, 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition pulled its canoes up the Beaverhead River toward the Continental Divide. They sighted what . . . Map (db m193249) HM
10 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Beaver's Head Rock: Native Road SignLewis & Clark Seek the Shoshone
By the time the Corps of Discovery passed through here, the "Valley of the Beaverhead" was already common ground for many Indian tribes. The Beaver's Head was a well-known landmark not only to the Shoshone but other Rocky Mountain tribes who passed . . . Map (db m193247) HM
11 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — City of Dillon City Hall
The City Hall building was built in 1914. The ground where the building sits was purchased from David Robb for $4,450. It was designed by renowned architect Fred R. Willson and built by contractor William Reed. Construction began in April 1914 and . . . Map (db m180694) HM
12 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Clark Pocket Compass Monument
This monument design is taken from the small pocket compass carried by William Clark on the expedition. Clark’s compass was made by Thomas Whitney in Philadelphia. Fortunate Chapter of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation . . . Map (db m128185) HM
13 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Dillon City Hall Historic District
The four buildings that make up this small historic district show the growth of Dillon’s city government. Buildings include ones constructed in the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the 1960s, when the city built a shelter for one of its water . . . Map (db m180751) HM
14 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Dillon Implement Company
Built in 1902, this building was the second location of the Dillon Implement Company, a company that was founded in August of 1886. The first location was north of the Union Pacific Depot on Montana St. The second building was constructed from stone . . . Map (db m180752) HM
15 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Dillon's Founding1880-1930
This tablet marks the site of the first public school building which was also used for the first court house-theatre and library in Dillon Dedicated to the pioneers of the valley on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Dillon. Placed by . . . Map (db m145700) HM
16 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Distant Features
Your observations are to be taken with great pains & accuracy, to be entered distinctly & intelligibly for others as well as yourself, to comprehend all the elements necessary —President Thomas Jefferson On August 13, 1805 William . . . Map (db m128184) HM
17 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Fortunate Camp
This site was the pivotal point in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The party camped here in August 1805. They cached their boats and aided by the influence of Sacajawea obtained horses from her people the Shoshone Indians The Great . . . Map (db m124304) HM
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18 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Grasshopper Creek
In midsummer, 1862, John White and party discovered gold on this creek several miles down stream. The first major gold rush to what is now Montana resulted.Map (db m124264) HM
19 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Hotel Andrus1917
The Andrus Hotel was built to be a first-class establishment to serve the City of Dillon and to accommodate train travelers in the ares. Jesse M. Warren, a well known Butte Architect, designed the building for construction. Dar Hardware of Dillon . . . Map (db m209430) HM
20 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Lewis and Clark Pathfinder Tribute
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed this way going west August, 1805 and returning July, 1806. ‘Though the Pathfinder may die, the paths remain open.’ Beaverhead Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. June 14, 1928Map (db m145710) HM
21 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Mapping the Way
Instruments for ascertaining, by celestial observations, the geography of the country through which you will pass, have been already provided. —President Thomas Jefferson The data collected by Lewis and Clark is a striking indicator . . . Map (db m128183) HM
22 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Martin Barrett House
The Martin Barrett House, built in 1912, was the in-town retirement home of prominent pioneer rancher, politician and philanthropist Martin Barrett and his wife Alice. One of the finest examples of early-twentieth-century architecture in Dillon, the . . . Map (db m209432) HM
23 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Medicine TreeThis is a Sheepeater Shoshoni Medicine Tree
It was acquire many years ago in the mountains southwest of Dillon, MT. The tree could be as much as 500 years old. The Sheepeaters placed a mountain sheep skull in the crotch of a tree, and over a hundred years or more the tree grew around it. . . . Map (db m180689) HM
24 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Nez Perce Camp
The Nez Perce camped near here on Horse Prairie Creek, Aug. 12 1877 following the Battle of the Big Hole Aug. 9-10. General Howard was summoned when beating drums arroused [sic] the citizens of Bannack. Women and children were quartered in the Meade . . . Map (db m49537) HM
25 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's
Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. They . . . Map (db m124291) HM
26 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Reliable Landmarks
”…you will take careful observations of …objects distinguished by such natural marks & characters of a durable kind…” —President Thomas Jefferson There is a remarkable view from the crest of Clark's Lookout and it is . . . Map (db m128182) HM
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27 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Sacajawea
In Commemoration of Sacajawea who guided Lewis and Clark through this the land of her childhood and capture On August 17th, 1805 she rejoined her tribe near this site. The services she rendered the expedition were invaluable. . . . Map (db m124293) HM
28 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — Southern Gateway Marker(Ryan’s Canyon)
The waters of the Beaverhead River opened this southern gateway to Montana through which have passed: Ancient Indian Trail Lewis and Clark Expedition 1805-1806 First Missionary, Father DeSmet 1840 Great Beaverhead Wagon Toll Road . . . Map (db m145713) HM
29 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — The First Electric Gold Dredge
Launched May 15, 1895, the remains of the F.L. Graves electric dredge boat now lies in Grasshopper Creek.Map (db m124265) HM
30 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this “Corps of Discovery” to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana . . . Map (db m124305) HM
31 Montana, Beaverhead County, Dillon — William ClarkMap Maker
William Clark was central to the success of the Corps of Discovery expedition not only during the two years spent crossing the continent but also because he produced maps of the west long after his return. His three maps of the Western United . . . Map (db m128181) HM
32 Montana, Beaverhead County, Grant — "Most Distant Fountain" of the Mighty Missouri
"the road took us to the most distant fountain of the waters of the mighty Missouri in surch (sic) of which we have spent so many toilsome days and wristless (sic) nights." - Meriwether Lewis, August 12, 1805 What's in a name? . . . Map (db m109502) HM
33 Montana, Beaverhead County, Grant — The Beginning of the "Endless Missouri"
"two miles below McNeal had exultingly stood with a foot of each side of this little rivulet and thanked his god that he had lived to bestride the mighty & heretofore deemed endless Missouri." - Meriwether Lewis, August 12, 1805 Hugh . . . Map (db m109500) HM
34 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — "Hot Spring Valley"Land of 10,000 Haystacks
In 1806, Captain William Clark and his crew traveled through here on horseback moving quickly on their return trip to St. Louis. Arriving at present day Jackson Hot Springs in the afternoon of July 7th, they stopped to experiment with cooking in the . . . Map (db m124223) HM
35 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — "I now take my leave..."Clark Heads Toward the Yellowstone Reported damaged
On their return journey, the Corps of Discovery divided into two groups at Traveler's Rest, near present day Lolo, Montana. Captain William Clark and his party traveled through today's Big Hole Valley on their way to Camp Fortunate to recover their . . . Map (db m124260) HM
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36 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — "The Carroll Ranch"Stopping point for travelers & cattle drives
For generations the Hamilton Ranch was widely-known as the Carroll Ranch - and it served as a vital link between the Big Hole and Beaverhead valleys. Its location at the base of this mountain pass made the ranch a perfect stopping point for . . . Map (db m124225) HM
37 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — A Soul-Searching BirthdayQuestions about meaning, fulfillment & purpose
Meriwether Lewis is hardly the only person ever to have found himself evaluating the meaning and purpose of his own life. But the words he wrote on the evening of August 18, 1805 - when camped about 35 miles southeast of where you stand now - have . . . Map (db m124227) HM
38 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — Naturally Sustained ProductivityPast, Present & Future
Ranching, anchored in the natural productivity of rangelands, is one of the main reasons so much or the landscape surrounding you still looks as it did centuries ago. The climate here is too harsh for farming, but native rangeland vegetation is . . . Map (db m124228) HM
39 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — Undaunted StewardshipServing History and Enhancing the Environment & Economy
Undaunted Stewardship® is a statewide partnership involving 19 agricultural and conservation groups in Montana, managed and directed by Montana State University, the Montana Stockgrowers Association and the federal Bureau of Land Management. The . . . Map (db m124243) HM
40 Montana, Beaverhead County, Jackson — Welcome to Hamilton RanchHistoric Landscapes Endure
On a clear day, the sweeping views from here take in more than 400 square miles. Most of these lands look much as they have for centuries. Human travel routes haven't changed much either. Highway 278 mirrors very closely that Captain Clark and his . . . Map (db m124222) HM
41 Montana, Beaverhead County, Lima — Howdy Everyone! Glad to See You
The Department of Transportation launched an ambitious program in 1936 to promote the state's scenic, recreational, and historical treasures. The brainchild of department engineer Bob Fletcher, the program included roadside historical markers, . . . Map (db m124334) HM
42 Montana, Beaverhead County, Lima — The Montana Road
This area once echoed with the sound of creaking wagon wheels, cracking whips, and profanity so intense the mountains vibrated with sulfur! The old wagon road between Montana and Utah passed very close to this rest area. It first saw use in the . . . Map (db m124336) HM
43 Montana, Beaverhead County, Lima — The Tendoy Mountains
About four million years ago, this part of the North American Plate slid over a gigantic source of heat in the mantle known as the Yellowstone hot spot. In Yellowstone National Park, this heat is responsible for the geysers, mud pots, and hot . . . Map (db m124335) HM
44 Montana, Beaverhead County, Polaris — The Way It Used To Be... Way Back
(Two panels are on this interpretive stand:) July 8, 1806 The Way It Used To Be... Way Back Just over two hundred years ago... We proceeded down Willards Creek on the S.W. Side about 11 miles...The Country . . . Map (db m124268) HM
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45 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — A Perfect Place to Rest
Pursued by the U.S. Army since June 1877, approximately 800 Nez Perce (nimi•pu•) men, women, and children traveled over the Bitterroot Mountains and camped here in the Big Hole Valley. Thinking there was no immediate pursuit by the Army, this . . . Map (db m123743) HM
46 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — A Story of Fires... to be continued
"on each side of those glades the timber is small and great proportions of it killed by the fires" - William Clark, July 8 1806 Two hundred years ago William Clark saw a forest of young trees, many killed by fire. Very open stands of . . . Map (db m123740) HM
47 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Battlefield Landscape
From this vantage point you can visualize the general progress of the Battle of the Big Hole, but at a distance from the fear and chaos of its hand-to-hand combat. The landscape has changed little since the morning of August 9, 1877. This lush . . . Map (db m123741) HM
48 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Big Hole National Battlefield Monument
(Inscriptions are found on three sides of this monument.) On This Field 17 officers and 133 enlisted men of the 7th U.S. Infantry under its Colonel Bvt. Major General John Gibbon with 8 other soldiers and 36 citizens . . . Map (db m123812) WM
49 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Big Hole ValleyLand of 10,000 Haystacks
Across the valley is the Continental Divide and the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains. The famous Big Hole River winds through the valley that is noted for abundant hay, fine cattle and horses, great hunting and fishing, beautiful scenery and friendly . . . Map (db m124221) HM
50 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Brave Warriors
To the everlasting Memory of the Brave Warriors of Chief Joseph's Band who fought on these grounds in the Nez Perce War of 1877 In Memory of the Indians, Infants, Children, Women and Old Men who . . . Map (db m123755) HM
51 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Natural Travel CorridorOn the Eve of Tragedy — Trail Creek —
(Three panels make up this informational marker:) Natural Travel Corridor Clark's 1806 Route Captain Clark and his party found great quantities of camas just beginning to bloom when they passed here on Sunday July 6, 1806. . . . Map (db m123738) HM
52 Montana, Beaverhead County, Wisdom — Siege Site
In front of you on the morning of August 9, 1877, you would have seen soldiers and Montana volunteers pass by as they began to deploy for the coming attack on the Nez Perce encampment just through the trees. Following the army's surprise attack, . . . Map (db m123745) HM
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Sep. 27, 2023