Old Fort Benton Bridge

Old Fort Benton Bridge (HM2MQH)

Location:
Buy flags at Flagstore.com!

N 47° 49.059', W 110° 40.031'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 10 views
Inscription
The bridge at this site was completed in 1888 and remained in use until 1963. The Benton Bridge Company constructed it as a toll bridge-no federal subsidy, county or state money was involved-to encourage the city's Judith Basin trade. Choteau County eventually paid a token $9999 for the structure in 1896. For many years, a great 225-foot turn span stood ready to swing open for the steamboats that never came; finally in 1908 the O.K. steamed through. Neither survived long afterwards. The big span went down in a flood on June 6, 1908 and the O.K. burned on June 30 of that year.
When the span was rebuilt, the Corps of Engineers gave special permission for Fort Benton's bridge to block steamboat navigation further up the Big Muddy. Oddly enough the cost of its replacement upriver was financed by a special county levy that matched federal funds; again no state money was involved.
Details
HM NumberHM2MQH
Tags
Placed ByFort Benton Community Improvement Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 524913 N 5296086
Decimal Degrees47.81765000, -110.66718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 49.059', W 110° 40.031'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 49' 3.5399999999998" N, 110° 40' 1.8599999999999" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , ,
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What country is the marker located in?
  2. Is this marker part of a series?
  3. What historical period does the marker represent?
  4. What historical place does the marker represent?
  5. What type of marker is it?
  6. What class is the marker?
  7. What style is the marker?
  8. Does the marker have a number?
  9. What year was the marker erected?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?