Wolf Point

Wolf Point (HM2N71)

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N 48° 5.576', W 105° 38.652'

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed by here, westward bound, in May, 1805. Fur trappers and traders followed them a few years later. Steamboats began making it from St. Louis up the Missouri as far as Fort Benton in the early 1860s. Wolf Point was the halfway point between Bismarck and Fort Benton. Wood choppers supplied cord wood for boats stopping to refuel. The American Fur Company packet Chippewa blew up and sank not far from here in 1861. A deck hand tapped a barrel of alcohol by candle light. The fumes, the candle and 25 kegs of black powder did the rest. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the disaster.
Wolf Point originated as a sub-agency and trading post for the Fort Peck Reservation in 1879. The place was named when trappers killed several hundred wolves one winter and stacked their frozen carcasses next to the river, where they were observed by men heading upriver on a steamboat. The name Wolf Point stuck and no one there has been bothered by a wolf a the door since then.
HM NumberHM2N71
Placed ByMontana Department of Transportation
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Date Added Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13U E 452032 N 5326830
Decimal Degrees48.09293333, -105.64420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 5.576', W 105° 38.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 5' 34.56" N, 105° 38' 39.12" W
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