Fur Trade Posts

Fur Trade Posts (HM2MHP)

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N 47° 48.892', W 110° 42.569'

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As you look across the Missouri, on the third bottom were two fur posts within several hundred yards of one another. Fort Cotton, built in 8142 by the Union Fur Company, existed only two years before it was abandoned. Fort Lewis was built by Alexander Culbertson for the American Fur Company in 1845. Its tenure was also only two years before it was dismantled and moved down river where it became Fort Benton. Both posts were built for robe trade with the Piegan of the Blackfoot nation. Fort Lewis was named for Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, in this area from 1804 to 1806. Fur traders soon followed, opening the Northern Plains to trade and settlement.
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Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12G E 521748 N 4704235
Decimal Degrees-47.81486667, -110.70948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 48.892', W 110° 42.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 48' 53.52" N, 110° 42' 34.14" W
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