Posted by: BruceS
N 45° 36.026 W 109° 03.966
12T E 650819 N 5051473
Quick Description: Historical marker commemorating the historic Bozeman Trail.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2007 7:01:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM23D1
The Bozeman Trail
The Bozeman Trail was located ten miles south of here. John Bozeman
pioneered the trail in this area in July 1864. After crossing the Bighorn
River eight miles below the opening of the Bighorn Canyon, he led his wagon
train northwest to the Yellowstone River opposite present day Billings. He
then attempted to proceed up the south side of the Yellowstone, but the steep
bluffs lining the bank forced him to turn south away from the river.
Leaving the Yellowstone, he went up the west side of Clarks Fork and then Rock
Creek to where he intersected the Bridger Trail a mile northeast of Joliet.
Jim Bridger's first wagon train over his trail had crossed Rock creek three
Bozeman's roundabout route was the original Bozeman Trail. James A.
Sawyers opened a cutoff trail in August 1866. It ran from the recently
established For C.F. Smith to the Clarks Fork. Sawyers' trail crossed the
Clarks Fork at present Edgar, where he intersected the Bridger Trail and
followed it 6 miles west to the Rock Creek crossing. On the west side of
the crossing, Sawyer's route joined Bozeman's. From that point west to
Gallatin Valley, the Bozeman Trail followed the Bridger Trail with only a few
miner deviations. ~ text of marker