Sun River Crossing Historical

Sun River Crossing Historical (HM1X9I)

Location: Sun River, MT 59483 Cascade County
Country: United States of America

N 47° 32.255', W 111° 42.847'

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When John Mullan built a wagon road across western Montana in 1860, he utilized a ford across the Sun River just a few yards west of here that had been used by the Indians for generations.
In 1862, the crossing was the site of a government farm intended to demonstrate farming techniques to the powerful Blackfeet Indians.
Electa Bryan married the notorious Montana outlaw Henry Plummer at the farm in 1863.
Johnny Healy established a trading post on the east side of the ford about 1862 to trade with his Blackfeet neighbors and travelers on the Mullan Road.
After the gold strikes in southwestern Montana in the early 1860's, traffic between the mining camps and Fort Benton made the Sun River Crossing an important place.
Healy and John Largent built a toll bridge at the ford in 1867.
A settlement quickly grew up near the bridge and prospered because of the heavy traffic on the road.
The arrival of the railroad in Great Falls in 1887 did not diminish the importance of Sun River Crossing and it continued to thrive until after 1900.
Today, the community and the bridge (in its fourth incarnation) attest to the strategic importance of this place to the history of Montana.
HM NumberHM1X9I
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Date Added Monday, March 13th, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 446255 N 5265153
Decimal Degrees47.53758333, -111.71411667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 32.255', W 111° 42.847'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 32' 15.3" N, 111° 42' 50.82" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)406
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13857-13887 MT-200, Sun River MT 59483, US
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