Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fort Connah National Historical Site, Montana

Fort Connah National Historical Site was a Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post established in 1846.  It is located in the Mission Valley of western Montana, within the boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation.  

The nearest town is St. Ignatius, home of the more famous mission.

There were originally three wooden structures on the site.  The last remaining structure is thought to be the oldest building in Montana.  
 The trading post was active from 1846 to 1871, when it was purchased from the Hudson Bay Company by the U.S. federal government for $50,000 in order to eliminate British commercial interests in United States territories.
(Click on photos to open large size views.)
The photos are from Travel Montana.   This is a link to the Fort Connah page on that site.   

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Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Such a simple building with so much history!

Erik said...

Absolutely beautiful. We just traveled through Montana in September. Spectacular sights! Not a fan of the Hudson Bay Trading Company, but would have loved to have seen this historic site.

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