Old Agency on the Teton

Old Agency on the Teton (HM2CRW)

Location: Choteau, MT 59422 Teton County
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N 47° 51.205', W 112° 13.957'

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About 1/4 mile SE of this point, a huge native stone marks the site of "Old Agency" of the former Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The agency was established in 1868-69 and with unusual generosity, the whites in authority permitted Blackfeet chiefs to select the location. They choose the spot known to them as "Four Persons" because of the pleasant memories associated with it. Some of their warriors had overtaken and dispatched four furtive Crees there a few years before.
At Old Agency, in 1869, the first government agricultural experiment was conducted. In 1872 the first public school was opened for the benefit of the Blackfeet. Neither project attained notable popularity with the beneficiaries. However, that same year they were impressed by young
"Brother Van", a circuit riding Methodist lay preacher, not so much by the sincere fervor of his oratory as by his courage, skill and stamina during a buffalo hunt staged in his honor.
The Northwest Fur Company and I. G. Baker and Brother operated licensed Indian trading posts near the agency where they pursued the tolerably lucrative business of bartering tobacco, beads and other essential goods for furs.
At his request, Big Lake, a great chief of the Blackfeet, was buried on a high point overlooking Old Agency so that his spirit



could look down on his people as they came to trade.
Reservation boundaries were moved north to Birch Creek by a Congressional Act of April 15, 1874 and in 1876 Old Agency on the Teton was abandoned.
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Date Added Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 407792 N 5300743
Decimal Degrees47.85341667, -112.23261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 51.205', W 112° 13.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 51' 12.3" N, 112° 13' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)406
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4497 US-89, Choteau MT 59422, US
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