Montana's grandest military post.
Montana's grandest military post. The fort was the pioneer
outpost of north central Montana, the frontier home of regiments
of American infantry and cavalry, and the site of 1st
Lt. John J. Pershing's (later General) early field assignment.
Its surviving buildings stand today as a monument to our state's
exciting past -- to the opening of the frontier.
The fort was
designed to house ten companies of infantry and cavalry. The
troops were charged with monitoring the activities of the
region's many Indian groups, patrolling Montana's border with
Canada, stopping bootleggers and gunrunners and protecting the
state's settlers. In its heyday, nearly 750 officers, enlisted
men, and civilians called Assinniboine home.
Daily Tours at 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday. Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday -Sunday Originating from the H. Earl Clack Museum
(Holiday Village Shopping Center). Special Tours available upon request For more information
call (406) 265-4000, (406)265-8336 or (406) 265-6233.
Admission: Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Students $4.00,
under 6 free. Group rates of 10 or more.
Location: Six miles southwest of Havre on Hwy 87.
The military fort was one of the largest built in the US with
over 100 buildings. Formally established in May 1879, it housed
over 500 men at any given time. Many of the officers were
accompanied by their wives and children. Fort Assinniboine was a
center for such cultural events as theatricals and dances, in
addition to daily military duties.
OLD FORTS TRAIL The
official state historic trail commemorates the main
transportation and supply route that existed in the 1870s -
1890s. It begins at the OLD FORT PARK in Fort Benton, to
Assinniboine near Havre, into Saskatchewan, Canada to Fort Walsh
in the Cypress Hills and
Battleford in Northern Saskatchewan.
Pamphlets and information available at the Havre Area Chamber of
Commerce, 265-4383, or the
Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce (406) 622-5523.