Cover Photo- There are signs all over welcoming visitors to Fort Benton

When you travel around Montana you are bound to run into many historical places and events.  Every town in Montana has a story, and if you listen, you will be amazed at what you learn. Fort Benton Montana has a story that no other town in Montana can tell.  As far as Montana goes, history starts in Fort Benton.

Please follow along with me as we learn more about the first town in the great state of Montana. Be sure to take a look at the photos at the end of the story.

Photo Credit Randy Bogden
Photo Credit Randy Bogden

The Walking Bridge Has Some Great Views Overlooking The Missouri River

Established in 1846, Fort Benton is home to a population of 1464 residents (as of the 2020 census).  It is home to the Longhorns, a Class C school district that has many sports and academic trophies in their possession.  It is also the county seat for Chouteau County (probably the most often misspelled county name in MT).

Montanabw, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Montanabw, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Shep is known around the world 

Golf ball about to fall into the cup at sunset

Single Point Golf Course is a fun 9 Hole- Par 36 Experience


There are several well-known people that came from Fort Benton:

  • Gene Carlson- born in 1932- died 2009 went on to be the Head Football and Baseball Coach at the University of MT
  • Denise Curry- born in 1959, went on to a great college and professional basketball career.  Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999

Fort Benton has a golf course, a public use airport, a car dealership, a hemp production business and many more attractions.  Only 40 miles northeast of Great Falls and 70 miles southwest if Havre, the town has done a great job keeping businesses open and thriving.

Randy Bogden
Randy Bogden

Beautiful Scenic Overlook From The Ridge

Much like Great Falls, Fort Benton offers a walking trail that could be considered a historical walk with sub titles.  Each historical spot is explained with easy to read information boards (you will see them in the gallery below) that take you back in time.

If you are a history buff, or just want to take a nice drive out of town, Fort Benton needs to be on your list of destinations.

Take a weekend or make a plan to go to

  • Summer Celebration (June 23-25, 2023)
  • Chouteau County Fair (August 17-20, 2023)

If you have a story idea or something you want to learn more about, give Randy a call at 406-788-3003 or send me an email at

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