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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Gallatin County, Montana

Clickable Map of Gallatin 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> Gallatin County, MT (129) Broadwater County, MT (11) Jefferson County, MT (19) Madison County, MT (125) Meagher County, MT (4) Park County, MT (68) Fremont County, ID (20) Park County, WY (196) Teton County, WY (83)  GallatinCounty(129) Gallatin County (129)  BroadwaterCounty(11) Broadwater County (11)  JeffersonCounty(19) Jefferson County (19)  MadisonCounty(125) Madison County (125)  MeagherCounty(4) Meagher County (4)  ParkCounty(68) Park County (68)  FremontCountyIdaho(20) Fremont County (20)  ParkCountyWyoming(196) Park County (196)  TetonCounty(83) Teton County (83)
Bozeman is the county seat for Gallatin County
Adjacent to Gallatin County, Montana
      Broadwater County (11)  
      Jefferson County (19)  
      Madison County (125)  
      Meagher County (4)  
      Park County (68)  
      Fremont County, Idaho (20)  
      Park County, Wyoming (196)  
      Teton County, Wyoming (83)  
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1 Montana, Gallatin County, Belgrade — Belgrade City Hall
Incorporation in 1906 established Belgrade’s independence, but also created a need for local service offices. The Belgrade Bank, built in 1902, was already central to the town’s civic business as home of the telegraph line and newspaper. Though the . . . Map (db m192628) HM
2 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — B-K (B Bar K) Ranch
Eastern clients visited dude ranches for authentically western experiences in complete comfort or, as one rancher put it, “home-made bedsteads but forty-pound mattresses.” The B Bar K was no exception. Wealthy Chicagoan J. Fred Butler bought the . . . Map (db m192619) HM
3 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — Crail Ranch(Big Sky)
Frank Crail, County Commissioner from 1889 to 1900, started proving up on his homestead in 1902 at what is now Meadow Village. The ranch became a cattle and wheat ranch of some 960 acres. Crail developed a strain of wheat called Crail Fife. His son . . . Map (db m192613) HM
4 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — Crail Ranch Buildings
Sweeping views of the Spanish Peaks, the Madison Range, and the Gallatin Canyon provided a magnificent setting for Augustus Frank Crail to locate his ranching headquarters. Crail carved out a 960-acre ranch purchasing three homesteads, school lands, . . . Map (db m192616) HM
5 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — Lone Mountain
Geologic processes have created a winter wonderland for skiers and snow boarders on Lone Mountain, the prominent peak that rises above Big Sky. Some geologists think that if the mountain was cut in half, there would be a Christmas tree pattern of . . . Map (db m192623) HM
6 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — The Historic Crail Ranch - East View
(Background photograph:) Barn Complex on the Crail Ranch The barns were clustered in a utilitarian linear plan with the attached system of corrals and outbuildings.Map (db m192516) HM
7 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — The Historic Crail Ranch - North View
(Background photograph:) The Beaverslide Patented in 1910 in the Big Hole Valley, this device stacks hay for outside storage in a wind-proof loaf-shaped stack that could rise 30 feet high and contain up to 20 tons of hay. . . . Map (db m192526) HM
8 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — The Historic Crail Ranch - South View
The Crail Family amassed 960 acres of Basin (now called the Meadow) that stretched from below the national forest in the north across the Meadow to the South Fork and west to the foothills. This Sweetgrass Hills vantage point captures the expanse of . . . Map (db m192525) HM
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9 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — The Historic Crail Ranch - West View
(Background photograph:) A string of pack animals is prepared to embark on a trip into the Gallatin wilderness. Locals and visiting "dudes" mounted up and packed out to fish pristine lakes and streams, to view or hunt big game wildlife, . . . Map (db m192520) HM
10 Montana, Gallatin County, Big Sky — Welcome to the Historic Crail Ranch
In his early 60s, Augustus (Frank) Crail purchased land in this area and brought his wife and three young children here in 1902. Frank, who migrated to Montana from Indiana when he was 21, had ranched in the Bridger Mountains in the late 1800s. He . . . Map (db m192515) HM
11 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — "Jim Bridger - King of the Mountain Men"Sculpted by Ott W. Jones IV
Jim Bridger (1804-1881), the infamous mountain man, was a celebrated trapper, explorer, outdoorsman, and guide. Extensively traveling and mapping the Rocky Mountain West, Bridger's explorations established many of the trails and passages in . . . Map (db m206116) HM
12 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 213 East OliveLindley Place Historic District
An 1889 map shows this single-story balloon-frame residence, home to dentist John McComb and his wife Mildred by 1900. The house was a short walk from McComb’s office at 116 West Main, and he remained in the neighborhood when he moved around the . . . Map (db m192149) HM
13 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 218 East OliveLindley Place Historic District
Built before 1889, this one-story residence predates the city water system’s arrival to the neighborhood two years later. A bay window and an open front porch (now enclosed) distinguished the gable front-and-wing house, which became home in 1900 to . . . Map (db m192151) HM
14 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 219 East Olive StreetLindley Place Historic District
Martin J. Plumb, wife Nancy, and their two grown children moved into their new bungalow in the fall of 1916. Builders Glenn Knodle and Frank McCabe built the house using catalog home plans and lumber from Kenyon-Noble Lumber Company. The house was . . . Map (db m192150) HM
15 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 22 West Lamme
A two-story wooden residence sat at the rear of this lot, adjoining the alley, in 1889. A year later, owners built this remarkably well-preserved house on Lamme. Distinguishing the brick home are an inviting front porch, tall chimney, decorative . . . Map (db m192061) HM
16 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 226-232 East MainBozeman Main Street Historical District
An 1884 map shows a wooden block with a trio of businesses here: a saloon, variety theatre, and fruit market. By 1912, the building housed a secondhand store. Sometime before 1927, the old wooden block was torn down, replaced by this one-story brick . . . Map (db m191992) HM
17 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — 610 South Willson AvenueBon Ton Historic District
Built in 1904, this Colonial Revival style home reflects a renewed interest in America’s colonial heritage and combines elements of the emerging Craftsman style. The main body is a square with bay window columns on each side for balance and light. . . . Map (db m192370) HM
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18 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Alcoa-Lewis ResidenceBon Ton Historic District
A handsome oak stairway is the centerpiece of this beautifully crafted Queen Anne style home built circa 1905. Dr. Louis Safley, a Bozeman physician, may have been the original owner, but prominent Pass Creek rancher Louis Accola and his extended . . . Map (db m192178) HM
19 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Amos R. Howerton ResidenceCooper Park Historic District
Open fields of wheat once stretched in front of this home built by carpenter Amos R. Howerton and his brother circa 1903. Its steeply pitched gables and gracious wraparound porch are hallmarks of the eclectic Queen Anne style. On its prominent . . . Map (db m192183) HM
20 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Apollo J. Busch House
Open air porches, a half-hexagonal bay window, stained glass, and an irregular roofline make this late-nineteenth-century residence a classic example of the Queen Anne style. Built in the mid-1890s likely from pattern book plans, the substantial . . . Map (db m192377) HM
21 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Beall Park Community Center
The Beall Park Community Center owes its existence to Ella Clark Martin, who arrived in Gallatin County in 1889. While her husband Broox helped establish the Bozeman Milling Company and became president of the Commercial National Bank, Ella raised . . . Map (db m192450) HM
22 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Blackmore Apartments
In 1903, an architectural journal called apartment buildings “the most dangerous enemy American domesticity has had to encounter.” The article’s author joined a chorus of critics who claimed that the proximity of bedrooms to living areas—and the . . . Map (db m192148) HM
23 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bohart House
The advent of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the early 1880s triggered a building boom in Bozeman that lasted until the end of the decade. This modest T-shaped dwelling, constructed in 1889, signaled the end of intense building activity. Although . . . Map (db m192369) HM
24 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman Carnegie Library
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie viewed public libraries as a key agent of self improvement and donated roughly $41 million for the construction of 1,679 public libraries between 1886 and 1917. The Bozeman Classical Revival landmark, one of seventeen . . . Map (db m192027) HM
25 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman Comes of Age
The grand opening of the Bozeman Hotel and Annex in 1891 brought 500 theater-goers to the celebration. A temporary footbridge was constructed across Main Street between the second stories of the hotel and theater so that quests could come and go . . . Map (db m191980) HM
26 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman High School
Built in 1886, the Nelson and Ellen Story Mansion stood at the corner of West Main and 5rh Avenue. The Story residence was dismantled in 1838 as part of the Gallatin High expansion. Salvaged porch columns and balustrades now mark the Story family . . . Map (db m192059) HM
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27 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman Hotel AnnexBozeman Main Street Historical District
When Montana achieved statehood in 1889, Bozeman was more cowtown than cosmopolitan as it vied with other towns to become the state capital. Architect George Hancock of Fargo, North Dakota, put form to Bozeman’s aspirations by designing several . . . Map (db m191975) HM
28 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman Pass
Sacajawea, the Shoshone woman who guided portions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition led Captain Wm. Clark and his party of ten men over an old buffalo road through this pass on July 15, 1806. They were eastward bound and planned to explore the . . . Map (db m162423) HM
29 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman Veterans MemorialMontana Department of Transportation
Honoring all our brothers and sisters who have served, are serving, or will serve in the defense of our NationMap (db m98453) WM
30 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Bozeman YMCABozeman Main Street Historical District
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), founded in England in 1844, made its way to the United States in the 1850s. By the turn of the century, many American cities boasted YMCA facilities providing reasonable accommodations and physical . . . Map (db m192069) HM
31 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Brewery Historic District
Seventeen-year-old Julius Lehrkind fled compulsory service in the German militia by stowing away on a ship bound for America in 1860. Already having served as a brewmaster’s apprentice, Lehrkind easily found employment. Eight years later, a sizable . . . Map (db m192443) HM
32 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Burr Fisher House
The 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego raised the profile of the Mission style, and the style became popular among cosmopolitan Montanans through the 1930s. Built in 1909, this two-story Mission Style home, patterned on Southern . . . Map (db m192237) HM
33 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Byron Story MansionBon Ton Historic District
Built in 1910, the Thomas Byron Story Mansion and Carriage House were designed by renowned architect C. S. Haire, known for his work on the Montana state capitol addition. Haire’s plan for T. Byron Story, his wife Katherine Ferris, and their five . . . Map (db m192236) HM
34 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Charles S. Hartman ResidenceBon Ton Historic District
Attorney Charles S. Hartman deserves a prominent place among Bozeman’s early residents. He opened a law practice in 1884 and with his wife Mollie built this home in 1886. Hartman carved a stellar career that included serving as a delegate to the . . . Map (db m192239) HM
35 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home
The Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home business commissioned this building from Bozeman’s prolific early twentieth century architect, Fred F. Willson, and it is indicative of Willson’s diversity of styles. Upon the building’s completion in 1936, Hermann . . . Map (db m192066) HM
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36 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Dr. Walter E. Dean ResidenceCooper Park Historic District
Development was sparse in this neighborhood in the early 1900s, but by the mid-1910s, construction boomed around Cooper Park. This classic Colonial Revival style home was built on a choice lot diagonally across from Cooper Park circa 1919. The park, . . . Map (db m192184) HM
37 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Early Bozeman
Bozeman's enthusiastic bid to become Montana's capital began upon statehood in 1889 with the construction of impressive buildings here at Rouse Avenue and Main Street. An obstacle facing building contractors was Sour Dough Creek. A fieldstone barrel . . . Map (db m191979) HM
38 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Electric BlockBozeman Main Street Historical District
Bozeman’s extensive streetcar system offered reliable transportation from 1892 until 1922. In 1901, the Gallatin Light, Power, and Railway Company built this facility as an office and barn for its trolleys. After 1904 when the second story was . . . Map (db m191993) HM
39 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Emil Ketterer Residence
Deeply admired in the 1890s, the Queen Anne style began to lose its allure after 1900, when its artistic jumble of angles and textures began to seem cluttered. The rejection of complexity was gradual, however, and many homebuilders opted for more . . . Map (db m192064) HM
40 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Entering the Yellowstone Valley
"from the three forks of the Easterly fork of the Galletines River to the river Rochejhone is 18 miles on an excellent high dry firm road the very incoiderable hills." William Clark, July 15, 1806 Captain William Clark, of the Lewis . . . Map (db m206115) HM
41 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Federal Building and Post OfficeBozeman Main Street Historical District
Cattle baron, banker, and entrepreneur Nelson Story purchased this site in 1870 for $154. In June 1911 the United States Secretary of the Treasury took the land from Nelson Story Jr. and his family citing that public use required taking and holding . . . Map (db m192070) HM
42 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — First People in the Gallatin ValleyTo the Headwaters
For centuries distant and diverse tribes visited the Gallatin Valley to hunt. They stampeded buffalo over cliffs during the "dog days" before the acquisition of horses and guns. They hunted animals for food, clothing and shelter. They also mined . . . Map (db m29075) HM
43 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Fort EllisTo the Headwaters
Conflicts along the Bozeman Trail between Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians and settlers escalated with the establishment of forts along the route in 1866. After Indians killed John Bozeman, in the Yellowstone Valley in 1867, the . . . Map (db m29079) HM
44 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Fort Ellis
Established as a military post August 27, 1867 by order of President Andrew Johnson and General U.S. Grant the post was abandoned in December 1886 Captain Wm. Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition encamped here July 14, 1806 with his . . . Map (db m98279) HM
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45 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Frederick W. Bull HouseBon Ton Historic District
At the dawn of the twentieth century Bozeman emerged the undisputed economic and cultural center of the Gallatin Valley. A growing number of businessmen and professionals settled in the residential area south of Main Street, where a few prominent . . . Map (db m192176) HM
46 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Fur TradeTo the Headwaters
An abundance of beaver encouraged Corps of Discovery members John Colter and John Potts to return to the headwaters. In 1808, Blackfeet Indians killed Potts in a confrontation and stripped Colter bare, giving him a chance to run for his life. In one . . . Map (db m29077) HM
47 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Gallatin BlockBozeman Main Street Historical District
A livery and feed stable stood here in the 1880s and 1890s, but in 1901, William Nevitt, hardware store owner and “capitalist,” decided that downtown Bozeman could use more commercial space. The Avant Courier reported on the progress of his new . . . Map (db m192026) HM
48 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Gallatin History Museum(Old County Jail)
The museum, located next to the Gallatin County Courthouse at 317 West Main, was the former county jail. Along with many museum exhibits showcasing the history of Gallatin County is an historical research library, the photo archives, and one of the . . . Map (db m193258) HM
49 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Gallatin Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.MBozeman Main Street Historical District
Chartered in 1866, Gallatin Masonic Lodge No. 6 built this brick corner block in 1883 for an estimated $20,000, then a princely sum. The grandest of several buildings erected during the early 1880s following the arrival of the railroad, this Masonic . . . Map (db m192021) HM
50 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Hamilton HouseBon Ton Historic District
Bozeman real estate and insurance broker Edward M. Gardner and city treasurer George Willson commissioned this extended family home in 1907. George was married to Edward’s stepdaughter Florence and the two families—including five Willson boys—shared . . . Map (db m192238) HM
51 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Holy Rosary Church Rectory
Before the 1880s, Catholic missionary priests visited Bozeman about four times a year, holding Mass in private homes and rented halls. The community built its first Catholic church for the Holy Rosary Parish in 1885 at present day Seventh Street and . . . Map (db m192025) HM
52 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Hotel BaxterBozeman Main Street Historical District
Recognizing the need for a luxury hotel, Bozeman businessmen joined together in a collaboration that spanned nearly a century. Culminating in the opening of the Hotel Baxter on March 2, 1929, the effort involved several generations of dedicated . . . Map (db m192024) HM
53 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Lewis and ClarkTo the Headwaters
Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery reached the headwaters of the Missouri River and named the three tributaries in July, 1805. With great difficulty the Corps of Discovery fought rapids and troublesome mosquitoes as they pulled their boats . . . Map (db m29072) HM
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54 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Lindley Park
This boulder marks the Trail of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1805. Erected by the Mt. Hyalite Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1923.Map (db m145672) HM
55 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Lindley Place Historic District
This diminutive neighborly district of thirty-four rather modest, early homes was surveyed and platted as Lindley and Guy’s Addition in anticipation of the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad. A lumber planing operation occupied the northwest . . . Map (db m192152) HM
56 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Lindsay Fruit CompanyNorthern Pacific/Story Mill Historic District
A Northern Pacific spur line ran in front of this warehouse, originally railroad owned and built in the 1880s for the cold storage of produce. The brick walls are four layers thick with a central air space to maximize insulation; a chute conveyed . . . Map (db m192448) HM
57 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Malmborg School
Built in 1905, Malmborg School is one of the most architecturally interesting one-room schoolhouses in Gallatin County. The one-story octagonal school originally sported an open front porch with wooden Doric columns resting on high plinths. An open . . . Map (db m191973) HM
58 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Mendenhall ResidenceBon Ton Historic District
The design for this two-and-one-half-story home came from architect D. S. Hopkins, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who published numerous “pattern books” of architectural plans. The Queen Anne style defines the residence, which features an asymmetrical . . . Map (db m192373) HM
59 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Misco Grain Elevator
Gallatin County boasted twenty-seven grain elevators in 1915, a testament to farming’s important economic role. Despite drought and low commodity prices, Montana Mercantile added this towering elevator to the Bozeman skyline in 1933. It added the . . . Map (db m192445) HM
60 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — North Tracy Avenue Historic District
The twenty-eight homes along this stretch of North Tracy Avenue illustrate the extensive residential development that occurred north of Main Street. Impressive homes at 322 and 316 North Tracy, built in 1890 and 1900, and two bungalows at 519 and . . . Map (db m192451) HM
61 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Peterson House
As Bozeman made its bid for state capital, the construction of fashionable homes and buildings contributed to the town’s promotional efforts. Economic depression in 1893 and designation of Helena as state capital in 1894 tempered the boomtown . . . Map (db m192376) HM
62 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Pioneer Museum(Old County Jail) — Gallatin County Historical Society —
The Pioneer Museum, located next to the Gallatin County Courthouse at 317 West Main, was the former County jail. Along with many museum exhibits showcasing the history of Gallatin County is an Historical Research Library. The photo archives, and one . . . Map (db m29085) HM
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63 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Robert A. CooleyBon Ton Historic District
A full-length front porch welcomed visitors to the clapboard home constructed on this lot in 1904. Robert and Edith Cooley purchased the residence from Golden Rule bookkeeper R. A. Black the following year. The couple had moved to Bozeman in 1899 . . . Map (db m192235) HM
64 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — St. James Episcopal Church and Rectory
The first services were held in this lovely Gothic style Episcopal church in October 1890. Built at a time when Bozeman hoped to become the capital of Montana, the church reflects the optimism and prosperity that came on the heels of the gold rush . . . Map (db m192067) HM
65 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Susan Kirk ResidenceBon Ton Historic District
Optimistic Bozeman entrepreneurs John Dickerson, Walter Cooper, and Nelson Story (of cattle drive fame) platted the Park Addition in 1883. Despite the arrival of the Northern Pacific that year, the addition remained undeveloped until the late 1890s, . . . Map (db m192180) HM
66 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — The Bozeman Trail
On July 14, 1806 Captain William Clark accompanied by 11 members of the expedition party camped about a mile east of here on the flat at the mouth of Kelly Canyon. The next day, Sacajawea guided the party up the canyon on an old buffalo trail to a . . . Map (db m98296) HM
67 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — The Homestead Act of 1862
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law on May 20, 1862. The Homestead Act declared the, "any citizen or intended citizen could claim 160 acres - one quarter square mile - of surveyed government land. Claimants must 'improve' the . . . Map (db m205925) HM
68 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — The Tinsley Family
Missourian, William Tinsley traveled to Montana in 1864 to stake his own homestead claim in Willow Creek, MT. William and his soon to be wife, Lucy Ann Nave met in Virginia City, MT where William worked for the Wells Fargo Stage Company and Lucy . . . Map (db m205924) HM
69 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — The Tinsley House
The Museum of the Rockies acquired the Tinsley house in 1986, which helped complete the plans for a working Living History Farm exhibit. The house was moved from Willow Creek, MT in one piece and restored to its original 1890s condition. After . . . Map (db m205926) HM
70 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Thomas Noble HouseBon Ton Historic District
Thomas and Anna Noble came to Bozeman in 1890 from Salesville. Thomas, an experienced logger, secured employment with the Prey Lumber Company. After S. C. Kenyon purchased the firm, Kenyon and Noble became partners in the business, furnishing early . . . Map (db m192177) HM
71 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Tivoli Beer HallBozeman Main Street Historical District
Railroad anticipation sparked a frenzied building boom prompting a shortage of brick that postponed completion of this popular watering hole for nearly two years. Begun in 1880, Phil Skeehan’s Tivoli Beer Hall finally opened in 1882. William Beall . . . Map (db m192023) HM
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72 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Trail Through TimeTo the Headwaters
First Peoples utilized the valley for over 11,000 years before the arrival of Lewis & Clark, and the others that would follow. Trails brought cattle and homesteaders to an agricultural paradise. The military followed, defending settlers, consuming . . . Map (db m29084) HM
73 Montana, Gallatin County, Bozeman — Valley of OpportunityTo the Headwaters
Settlers came to the Gallatin Valley on the heels of the first Montana gold strike at Grasshopper Creek near Bannack, Montana, in 1862. As Meriwether Lewis had predicted, farmers found the valley well suited for agriculture. They planted crops and . . . Map (db m29078) HM
74 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Adams Block
John Quincy Adams of the Milwaukee Land Company, a subsidiary of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, platted the present town of Three Forks in 1908. Unlike most railroad officials, Adams and his son, B. S. Adams, took an unusual personal . . . Map (db m192664) HM
75 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Airway Radio Station
Aviation captivated America during the 1920s, particularly when Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic in 1927. The United States made rapid strides and airfields opened all over the country. The town of Belgrade constructed Gallatin . . . Map (db m206125) HM
76 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Colter’s Run
One of Montana’s most amazing historical events occurred near here in 1809. In September of that year, John Colter and John Potts, former Lewis and Clark Expedition members, were trapping beaver on the Jefferson River near the headwaters when a . . . Map (db m98317) HM
77 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Colter’s RunThe Second Marker — The Headwaters of the Missouri 1808 —
The Headwaters Region was the setting for the legend of Colter’s Run 1808 In the fall of 1808 John Colter and John Potts, both former members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, were trapping on the Jefferson River. Angered by previous . . . Map (db m98438) HM
78 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Colter's Run 1808
The Headwater's Region was the setting for the legend of ... Colter's Run 1808 In the fall of 1808 John Colter and John Potts, both former members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, were trapping up the Jefferson River. Angered . . . Map (db m192790) HM
79 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — European Interest in the Missouri
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England, France and Spain competed in the search for a water route across North America. Explorers such as DeSoto, La Salle and de la Verendrye believed that the Mississippi-Missouri was the fabled Northwest . . . Map (db m192728) HM
80 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Fur Trade
The Headwaters drew many trappers because of its large beaver population. Lewis and Clark had barely returned to the East when, spurred by their reports of vast numbers of beaver, Manuel Lisa formed the Missouri Fur Company. . . . Map (db m192729) HM
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81 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Gallatin CityFirst and Second
The original townsite of Gallatin City, north of here on the west side of the combined Madison and Jefferson Rivers, was selected in 1862. In Feb., 1863 sixty cabins were being constructed. The river was forded when it was low and a ferry was . . . Map (db m127042) HM
82 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Gallatin City Hotel - 1868
Built by Jarvis Akin, the Hotel was originally a one-room building of hand-hewn logs. It was the center of Gallatin City's social life; travelers sometimes complained of not being able to sleep because of the ruckus. As the town died, the Hotel was . . . Map (db m127043) HM
83 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — George Drouillard (1773-1810)
George Drouillard, the son of a Shawnee mother and French-Canadian father, was one of the most valued members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Meriwether Lewis noted in a letter to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn that Drouillard was "a man of much . . . Map (db m206126) HM
84 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Headwaters of the Missouri River
(Three panels are located at the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce kiosk:) Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Sites Along this Portion of the Missouri River Valley Crimson Blufffs July 24, 1895 (Lewis Journal) . . . Map (db m192877) HM
85 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — In Patriotic Memory of SacajaweaIn Patriotic Memory of
In Patriotic Memory of Sacajawea an Indian woman whose heroic courage steadfast devotion and splendid loyalty in acting as guide across the Rocky Mountains made it possible for the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804 - . . . Map (db m98495) HM
86 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Jefferson’s Instructions to Lewis and ClarkJuly 4th, 1803
“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principle stream of it, as, by its course & communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean… may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across . . . Map (db m99217) HM
87 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Lewis & Clark Arrive at the Headwaters July, 1805
Lewis and Clark explored the Missouri River in search of the "Northwest Passage." "The object of your mission" wrote President Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark "is to explore the Missouri River and such principal . . . Map (db m192786) HM
88 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Lewis and Clark reach the HeadwatersJuly 25 & July 27, 1805
You are standing at the headwaters of the great Missouri River. The Jefferson and Madison Rivers converge with the Gallatin joining one mile downstream to become the Missouri River. Here, the famed explorers accomplished a major goal of their . . . Map (db m73542) HM
89 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Louisiana Purchase - 1803
The Missouri and Mississippi drainage determined the boundaries of the ... Louisiana Purchase. The acquisition, as well as the expiration, of the Mississippi-Missouri by the white man was carried out against a background of European . . . Map (db m192732) HM
90 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Methodist Episcopal Church, Three Forks
The Milwaukee Land Company, a subsidiary of the Milwaukee Road, established the town of Three Forks in 1908. Company land agent John Q. Adams chose this townsite and held a lot sale in 1908. Buyers came by the trainload, purchasing 250 lots. . . . Map (db m192666) HM
91 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Missouri River Headwaters
Approx.. 2 miles north on the Trident Road (#286) is the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers. A mile further downstream you can view the Gallatin River merging to form the headwaters of the Missouri River, the longest U.S. river. . . . Map (db m99206) HM
92 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Native Americans
The Headwaters has been populated for over 11,000 years The Headwaters region was occupied for more than 11,000 years by bands of hunter and gatherers. Ample big game such as bison, elk and deer, and the abundant natural rock for tool . . . Map (db m192724) HM
93 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Pogreba FieldIn Memory of Col. Dean A. Pogreba
A native of Three Forks, Montana, born March 16, 1922, Dean Porgerba loved to fly airplanes, especially single engine jets. Dean was a veteran of W.W. II and the Korean War. In his country's third conflict, his plane was shot down over the North . . . Map (db m206124) HM WM
94 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Roll of HonorThree Forks Portland Cement Co. — World War II —
Lewis Aldrich • Clarence Bauer • Alvin Doag • Claude Burrell William Burkett • Raymond Callagean • Lloyd Coleman • Boyd Collins Eugene Collins • Clifton Edwards • Paul Gates • Robert Hale Grover Hayes • Wesley Helland • Kenneth Hoffman • William . . . Map (db m126997) WM
95 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Ruby Theatre
The town of Three Forks, born to serve as a division point for the Chicago, St. Paul, and Milwaukee Railway, took root in 1908. As the town grew to a sizable settlement of 2,300, the Empire Theatre opened to serve local audiences. Manager David R. . . . Map (db m192662) HM
96 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Sacajawea“Coming Home”
This statue was erected to commemorate Sacajawea and the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803- 1806. She was a member of the Corps of Discovery and was invaluable as an interpreter in obtaining horses from her Shoshone people, . . . Map (db m98496) HM
97 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Sacajawea Captured in 1800
Familiar with the Headwaters area, Sacajawea was invaluable as an interpreter for Lewis and Clark. In 1800, Sacajawea was camped on the Jefferson River with her Shoshone tribe. Attacked by a band of Minnetarees, she was captured and . . . Map (db m192793) HM
98 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Sacajawea Hotel
Arrival of the Milwaukee Railroad caused Three Forks to move (1908-1910) one mile up the Missouri River from its 1863 townsite, as happened with many sister towns in the developing West. Milwaukee Railroad purchasing agent John Q. Adams saw need for . . . Map (db m141722) HM
99 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — Second Gallatin City1865-1880's
In front of you is the site of Gallatin City, 1865-1880's. After it became obvious that steamboats could not operate economically from Fort Benton to the Headwaters, the town was relocated from the north side of the river to this location. Sitting . . . Map (db m126990) HM
100 Montana, Gallatin County, Three Forks — The 442ndRegimental Combat Team
"The Nisei bought an awful big hunk of America with their blood." - General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell ''You fought the enemy abroad and prejudice at home and you won." - President Harry Truman, July 1946 This memorial is to recognize . . . Map (db m192723) HM WM

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