Fur Trade

Fur Trade (HMJD0)

Location: Bozeman, MT 59715 Gallatin County
Country: United States of America
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N 45° 42.732', W 111° 3.863'

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To the Headwaters

An abundance of beaver encouraged Corps of Discovery members John Colter and John Potts to return to the headwaters. In 1808, Blackfeet Indians killed Potts in a confrontation and stripped Colter bare, giving him a chance to run for his life. In one of the most famous foot races in American history, he outran his armed pursuers and escaped to the Madison River where he hid in a beaver lodge. Ten days and 200 miles later, Colter miraculously straggled into Fort Ramon near present day Custer, Montana. Colter continued to trap in the region and was the first white man to tell about the geothermal wonders of the Yellowstone area that many regarded as tall stories.
In 1810 St. Louis businessmen Andrew Henry and Pierre Menard established a trading post, Fort Henry, at the headwaters. Although Grizzly bears were a nuisance, constant raids by the Blackfeet Indians finally forced its abandonment after several fur trappers were killed, including former Corps of Discovery member George Drouillard.
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HM NumberHMJD0
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
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Placed ByMontana Department of Transportation (MDT) & Qwest
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 494988 N 5062073
Decimal Degrees45.71220000, -111.06438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 42.732', W 111° 3.863'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 42' 43.92" N, 111° 3' 51.78" W
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Area Code(s)406
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20278 N 19th Ave, Bozeman MT 59715, US
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