The Missouri River at Fort Benton

Bryan D. Spellman

Plains, United States

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Fort Benton was as far upriver as the riverboats could run. The town therefore became the shipping terminus for the entire northwest. Between the time of Lewis and Clark’s exploration in the early 1800s until the coming of the railroads in the 1880s, if you wanted goods shipped to the northwest, or from the northwest, they had to go through Fort Benton or else around the tip of South America. Starting at Fort Benton, Capt John Mullan built his “Mullan Road” that connected Fort Benton to Fort Walla Walla in Washington Territory. The Mullan Road still exists, and parts of Interstate 15 and Interstate 90 follow the path Capt. Mullan laid out 150 some years ago.

This bridge, now a pedestrian walkway, is the last bridge across the river for more than 75 miles.

Taken March 14, 2010 in Fort Benton, Montana.

Nikon D80 DSLR, Nikkor 16-85 mm wide angle/tele/zoom lens set at 22 mm.

ISO 125, f /11.0, 1/180 second.

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