Old Fort Peck

Old Fort Peck (HM2N6X)

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N 48° 0.048', W 106° 28.809'

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On the west bank of the Missouri River about 1 mile from the Dam was located Old Fort Peck.The stockade about 300 feet square with walls 12 feet high of cottonwood logs set vertically, 3 bastions and 3 gateways on the front, and 2 bastions on the rear, enclosed quarters for men, store houses, blacksmith shops, stables and corral. Built in 1867 by the firm of Durfee & Peck as a trading post, the fort was named for Colonel Campbell K. Peck. Although not an Army post, it often served as temporary headquarters for military men and commissioners sent out by the Government to negotiate with the Indians.

To peaceful Indians it was an important trading post, to trappers and rivermen a safe shelter from warlike Indians. Stern wheel steamers loaded and unloaded here and took on wood for steam for their journeys.

Old Fort Peck is history. Its site lies peacefully, with its memories, covered by a man made lake which is formed by the largest earth filled dam ever built by man.
HM NumberHM2N6X
Placed ByMontana Department of Transportation
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Date Added Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13U E 389590 N 5317449
Decimal Degrees48.00080000, -106.48015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 0.048', W 106° 28.809'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 0' 2.88" N, 106° 28' 48.54" W
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