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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Three Forks, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Gallatin County, MT (120) Broadwater County, MT (11) Jefferson County, MT (19) Madison County, MT (77) Meagher County, MT (4) Park County, MT (64) Fremont County, ID (20) Park County, WY (192) Teton County, WY (83)  GallatinCounty(120) Gallatin County (120)  BroadwaterCounty(11) Broadwater County (11)  JeffersonCounty(19) Jefferson County (19)  MadisonCounty(77) Madison County (77)  MeagherCounty(4) Meagher County (4)  ParkCounty(64) Park County (64)  FremontCountyIdaho(20) Fremont County (20)  ParkCountyWyoming(192) Park County (192)  TetonCounty(83) Teton County (83)
Bozeman is the county seat for Gallatin County
Three Forks is in Gallatin County
      Gallatin County (120)  
ADJACENT TO GALLATIN COUNTY
      Broadwater County (11)  
      Jefferson County (19)  
      Madison County (77)  
      Meagher County (4)  
      Park County (64)  
      Fremont County, Idaho (20)  
      Park County, Wyoming (192)  
      Teton County, Wyoming (83)  
 
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1Montana (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
2Montana (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
3Montana (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
4Montana (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
5Montana (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
6Montana (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
7Montana (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
8Montana (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
9Montana (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
10Montana (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
11Montana (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
12Montana (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
13Montana (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
14Montana (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
15Montana (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
16Montana (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
17Montana (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
18Montana (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
19Montana (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
20Montana (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
21Montana (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
22Montana (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
23Montana (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
24Montana (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
25Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Fur Trapper
Clad in buckskin, the trapper carried with him his knives, gunpowder and lead. a Hawken rifle, perhaps a pipe and a book. Except for flour and salt, he lived entirely off the land. He did his trapping in the spring and fall. During the summer, . . . Map (db m192788) HM
26Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Log CabinThis cabin is an excellent example of the pioneer’s construction techniques
Log cabins were introduced to North America by the Swedes and Germans. Because they were easy to build and made use of readily available materials, log cabins became the most common building on the frontier. This cabin has dovetail notches and . . . Map (db m127044) HM
27Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Naming of a RiverThe Headwaters of the Missouri River
Many nations traveled and lived along these banks, giving their own names to the river. “Missouri” is the official name given by the U.S. Geological Survey. It dates back to French explorer Jacques Marquette’s journal and 1673 map of . . . Map (db m99215) HM
28Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Three Forks of the Missouri
This region was alive with beaver, otter and game before the white man came. It was disputed hunting territory with the Indian tribes. Sacajawea, the Shoshone squaw who guided portions of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was captured near here when a . . . Map (db m126978) HM
29Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Thomas-Frederick Flour MillScattered about this area are the remnants of the…
The Thomas-Frederick Mill was one of two built in the Gallatin Valley during the 1860’s to process locally-grown grains and to guarantee a reliable supply of flour and meal. Flour from here was freighted regularly to the gold camps of Helena, . . . Map (db m127045) HM
30Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Three Forks Post - 1810
Easy river access and large numbers of beaver made the Headwaters a logical place for the ... Three Forks Post - 1810 In 1810, Manuel Lisa of the Missouri Fur Co. sent a large party of 32 trappers under command of Pierre Menard . . . Map (db m192792) HM
31Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Three Valleys State Bank
Solid bank buildings were designed to assure customers that their money was safe from both theft and bank failure—a tenuous premise in the days before Federal Deposit Insurance. Here Romanesque arches, rusticated sandstone, thick masonry walls, and . . . Map (db m192663) HM
32Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Thunder Horses
From 38 to 30 million years ago, great herds of rhinoceros-like herbivores, called Megacerops, roamed this part of Montana. Megacerops, also known as Brontotheres, were massive animals. Classified as Perissodactyla, Megacerops had three . . . Map (db m141653) HM
33Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Trident
In 1908 construction began on Montana’s first cement manufacturing facility. In May 1910, the first cement was shipped to a hardware store in Missoula, Montana. The company-owned village of Trident was built before the plant was completed and at . . . Map (db m126996) HM
34Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Veterans ParkThree Forks
Dedicated to all the men and women of the Headwaters Area, who gave of themselves while serving in our armed forces in times of war and peaceMap (db m98451) WM
35Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Welcome to Parker Homestead State Park
The Montana soil is swallowing hundreds of old homestead buildings like this one. Each takes with it untold stories of men and women whose lives brought them drought and blizzards, loneliness and companionship, fear and simple joys, much like we . . . Map (db m127000) HM
 
 
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Jul. 1, 2022