Fort Connah -
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 47° 24.548 W 114° 05.799
11T E 719030 N 5254718
On the east side of Highway 93, 3.3 miles south of Highway 212, which leads to Charlo, Montana, is this Historical Marker. It is about a half mile west northwest of the site of Fort Connah.
Waymark Code: WMKWPC
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 06/04/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 7

Fort Connah was the final Hudson's Bay Trading Post built in the U.S. Only one of the original buildings still remains and the fort can be visited in the summer months. Unfortunately, it was still closed for the winter when we visited.

Construction of the last Hudson's Bay Trading Post, within the present borders of the United States, was started here in 1846, and was completed in 1847 by Angus McDonald. Angus originally named the fort "Connen" after a river valley in his Scottish homeland, but later changed it to Connah for easier pronunciation by the Salish, Kootenai, Pend d'Orielle and other Indians in the area. Fort Connah was built about 1/2 mile east of here and remained an important trading center for the Indians until the U.S. Government forced the British owned company to abandon the post in 1871. At its height, Fort Connah consisted of only three buildings. The store house is the only original structure that still survives.

The Mission Valley was thrown open for settlement in 1910. Prior to that time it was almost entirely virgin prairie, unplowed, unfenced and beautiful to see. You rode a saddle horse to get places. Some people wish it were still like that today.

Many descendants of Angus McDonald still live in the Mission Valley. From the Plaque

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Looking southeast from the marker with binoculars allows one to see the remains of the fort, including reconstructed buildings that are not original.

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