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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 (47) Broadwater County, MT (4) Jefferson County, MT (7) Madison County, MT (64) Meagher County, MT (2) Park County, MT (17) Fremont County, ID (20) Park County, WY (187) Teton County, WY (83)  GallatinCounty(47) Gallatin County (47)  BroadwaterCounty(4) Broadwater County (4)  JeffersonCounty(7) Jefferson County (7)  MadisonCounty(64) Madison County (64)  MeagherCounty(2) Meagher County (2)  ParkCounty(17) Park County (17)  FremontCountyIdaho(20) Fremont County (20)  ParkCountyWyoming(187) Park County (187)  TetonCounty(83) Teton County (83)
Location of Three Forks, Montana
    Gallatin County (47)
    Broadwater County (4)
    Jefferson County (7)
    Madison County (64)
    Meagher County (2)
    Park County (17)
    Fremont County, Idaho (20)
    Park County, Wyoming (187)
    Teton County, Wyoming (83)
 
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1Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Colter’s Run
On Trident Road (State Highway 296), on the right when traveling north.
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
2Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Colter’s RunThe Second Marker — The Headwaters of the Missouri 1808 —
On North Main Street (State Highway 2) at Cottonwood Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street.
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
3Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Gallatin CityFirst and Second
On Frontage Road (County Route 205), on the right when traveling east.
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
4Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Gallatin City Hotel - 1868
Near Trident Road 1.5 miles north of Interstate 90, on the right when traveling north.
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
5Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — In Patriotic Memory of SacajaweaIn Patriotic Memory of
On North Main Street (State Highway 2) at West Ash Street, in the median on North Main Street.
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
6Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Jefferson’s Instructions to Lewis and ClarkJuly 4th, 1803
On Trident Road (County Route 286), on the left when traveling north.
“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
7Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Lewis and Clark reach the HeadwatersJuly 25 & July 27, 1805
Near Trident Road.
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
8Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Missouri River Headwaters
On Frontage Road (County Route 205), on the right when traveling east.
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
9Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Roll of HonorThree Forks Portland Cement Co. — World War II —
On Trident Road (State Highway 286) 4 miles north of Interstate 90, on the left when traveling north.
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
10Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Sacajawea“Coming Home”
On North Main Street (State Highway 2) at West Ash Street, in the median on North Main Street.
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
11Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Sacajawea Hotel
On North Main Street at South Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
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
12Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Second Gallatin City1865-1880's
On Trident Road (State Highway 286) 1.5 miles north of Interstate 90, on the right when traveling north.
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
13Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Log CabinThis cabin is an excellent example of the pioneer’s construction techniques
Near Trident Road.
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
14Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Naming of a RiverThe Headwaters of the Missouri River
On Trident Road (County Route 286), on the left when traveling north.
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
15Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — The Three Forks of the Missouri
On North Main Street (Frontage Road) (State Highway 2) at North 1st Avenue East, on the left when traveling north on North Main Street (Frontage Road).
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
16Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Thomas-Frederick Flour MillScattered about this area are the remnants of the…
Near Trident Road.
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
17Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Thunder Horses
On North Main Street at South Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
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
18Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Trident
On Trident Road (State Highway 286) 4 miles north of Interstate 90, on the left when traveling north.
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
19Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Veterans ParkThree Forks
On North Main Street (State Highway 2) at East Neal Street, on the left when traveling south on North Main Street.
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
20Montana (Gallatin County), Three Forks — Welcome to Parker Homestead State Park
On U.S. 287 1 mile south of Willow Creek Road, on the right when traveling south.
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
 
May. 16, 2021