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The river press. [volume] (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, January 02, 1884, Image 5

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As Shown by the Outline Map aon
This Page.
We publish herewith a sectional
map representing Fort Benton, the
head of navigation on the Missouri
river, and the country naturally
tributary, showing at the same
time a few of the prospective railroads
of northern Montana, with Benton as
their natural center. A single glance
at the map is sufficient to show the
advantageous position occupied iby
Fort Benton. To the sout are the
fertile Highwood, Shoikin ,ai Belt
creek valleys, which, with tir tribu
taries, are capable of suppit g otu
ands of farmers. In the sam irectioi
is the great Jufith bini, with it. Iarge
flocks and herds, as well as ~fhe a
cultural lands; the exte e c
between Belt and i creeks`
the promising M' ` k B a d
mineral regionsb-all= i
Bentoni. To hde wesa ivi d
are the fine Sui..iv ii
Teton valleys, nowt h
dreds of, prosperou s cM
rancheirs and destsined ain t r 1*
to numbeirthe i
thousand. At very po
pass can be *bni& nelle~l
lands, w.her# . u t
tie, homes4e Epi ive
the year upon the luxuriant grasses
that grow there. No town in the
territory can claim a finer tributary
country, where the resources are
greater or more varied.
All that portion of Montana :as
shown by the map) lying north ofthe
Marias river and north of the Missouri
below the mouth of the Marias, is In
dian and military reservation, a large
portion of which, it -is confidently ex
pected, will be opened to settlement
by congress during ithspre~ent.seienon.
That this grand ireserve isthe.garden
spot" of Montana is. admitted by td._
.who have tiraversed itind its resou e s
are even ~nre. varieds and>;splendi
th nbath os I lhecounttyt t thieoutb.
Here will be a virgin ttckl,,riaged
alnot- yrp et lf.-and n fin
trang h p e odf thes
ix ma pi teliqulayt.Apo f
fto the east and not shown) are known
to be rich in precious minerals, both
placer and quartz. As yet there has
been but little- prospecting in these
mountains, for the simple reason that
the Indians, who claim that country
as their own, have prevented it. Up
to this time it has been about equiva
lent to surrendering one's scalp to go
into those mountains with a prospect
or's kit. As soon, however, as that
lion is opened to settlement by con
gts i a stampede may be tlookd for
r and boaa` kings will be lnumerous
-ir the Bear's Paw tad Little Rockies.
All of this coimtry when ope~ed up
*ill pay tihbute ato Fort #'Beate. its
tapkt_ attlemie t i ' certainty, Ii the
niin! the6iny of. incveaed ttrde
td be derived' b) our city witl be .
ds oentt. Iti ihot Vxagglertion
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Boat Business.
The statistical table published else
where, in relation to the business of the
upper Missouri river the past season,
will attract attention and is deserving of
close inspection and study by the read
er. It is an index to Fort Benton's
trade and as such presents our town in a
very favorable light. The shipments
for Fort Benton nmerchants, or the local
trade, have never betore been solarge,
and it ti safe to say they will be even
lairger the coming season. ;iSuch is the
0pleon of 4 the steamboat owners who
ook, forwaard to-a very faverable river
busines 'for 1884.
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SFort Beton 3s beaottifillf situated on
the Missouri river (at the head of navi
gation on that great stream) within two
miles of the Teton, one mile of the Shon
kin, twelve miles of the Mari'ts and
eighteen miles of Highwood and Belt
valleys. It is located in the very heart
of tle great agricultural and grazing re
gion of northern Montana, and its tribu
tary country extends in every direction
over 100 miles; it is the natural shipping
and supply point of the mineral districts
of the Belt and Judith mountains; it is
within easy reach of the great coal fields
of Belt and Deep creeks and the Marias
river; it is the headquarters of the stock
interests of the territory, and the princi
pal wool market of the northwest, and
when the great Blackfeet reservation is
opened to settlement this winter it will
be the supply point and trade center for
that magnificent country.
Fort Benton is the county seat of Che
teau county, and has a population of
2,000; It is an incorporated city, with an
indebtedness that is merely nominal; it
has two fine church buildings (Catholic
and Episcopal), while the Methodists
have a resident pastor and hold services
in the epo.p. t has two newsji
pers, the RrvaR nPi $as and Record, both
pubhshed daily and weekly; it is the
headquarters of the customs district of
Montana and Idaho* it has Masonic,
Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and
United WYrkmen lodges; it has an ex
cellent` =aded school and a larger school
fund than any other town in Montana.
F?1t Benton has two banks, the First
N1. ial and Bank of Northern Mon
tan ''The First National has a capital
an( reserve of $160,000; deposits, $225,
000; loans, $275,0C0. The Rank of North
ern Montana (Collins,- Duer & Co.,) has
a capital and reserve of $150,000; depos
its, $275,000; loans, $300,000.
Fort Bentoh has the best public build
Ings in Montana. A $50,000 court house
is now'More than half completed, and
before the first of August, 1884, will be
turned over to the commissioners; a
$30,000 school house is in course of erec
tion, and will be completed during the
season of 1884; a $15,000 Sisters' hospital
has just been hailt, and in a few months
will be turned over 1 the Sisters who
will be amply prepared to care for all
who may need their kind attentions; the
Choteau county jail is a substantial brick
building, finished in the best of style
and built in 1881-2 at a cost of $15,000.
On the whole our public buildings will
compare favorably with those of counties
of ten times the population in the states.
Fort Benton's total assessment for 1888,
asshown by the city treasurer's books, is
$1,096,718. The treasurer received in
taxes something ever $6,000.
Fort Benton's commerce is greater than
that of any other Montana town. The
boats brought our merchants t!P past
season over 17,000,000 pounds of mer
chandise, for the local business, to say
nothing of the vast amount of goods
shipped later in the season by way of
the Northern Pacific railroad. T. C.
Power & Bre. and I. G. Baker & Co., of
this city, together, received nearly 8,000,
000 pounds of merchandise for their trade
alone. The exports by the river from
this city were 1,128,000 pounds of wool;
360,000 pounds of bullion, and 50,000
pounds of hides, furs and peltries.. The
shipments to Fort Benton by' the river
for the season of '83, for the local trade,
were 4,00,0 nds greater than the
prior year.' I J
The popula n of Choteau county, of
which Fort Benton is the county seat, is
about 8,000.
The assessed valuation of property in
Choteau county is $3,125,000.
Over 150,000 bushels of grain were ha
vested in the county the past season.
The valley lands of Choteau county
have growin 90' bushels of oats ;to the
acre, and the.rop Will average 40 bush
els; 75 bushe~ s of wheat to the acre have
beensieenredm d the averap $he
past year was *ver 30 bushe~h.
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