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Bear Paw Battlefield

Historic Sites & Battlefields

Historic Sites and Battlefields

History is everywhere in Montana. Even before Montana became a state in 1889, there was a historical society. This dedication to preserving and interpreting history lives on today, from local history museums to National Battlefields and Landmarks.

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Chief Two Moons Monument

Busby, MT

This historic monument was built in 1936 in memory of Chief Two Moons, who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Crow Agency, MT

Located in southeastern Montana, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn which took place on June 25-26, 1876 between the United States Seventh Cavalry Regiment led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, and the Sioux and Cheyenne under ...

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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

National Monument

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and part of the National Conservation Lands, Pompeys Pillar is like a sandstone history book that reads like a who's who of western frontier history. Look on the rock face for the remains of animal drawings created by people who used the area for ...

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Fort Benton: National Historic Landmark

State Historic Site
Fort Benton, MT

Established in 1864, Fort Benton is known as the 'Birthplace of Montana'. An American Fur Company trading post at first, it became the hub for trade and travel throughout the northwestern United States and Canada. Fifty steamboats a season would dock along its levee, bringing fur traders, gold ...

Big Hole National Battlefield

National Historic Site
Wisdom, MT

Big Hole National Battlefield is a memorial to the people who fought and died here. Just before daybreak on August 9, 1877, military forces attacked the near 750 non-treaty Nez Perce as they rested after six weeks of conflicts and flight from military forces. They charged the US Army troops in ...

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Bear Paw Battlefield


One of three sites of the Nez Perce National Historic Park in Montana, the Bear Paw Battlefield is located 16 miles south of Chinook on Highway 240. At this site the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the US Army on October 5, 1877, after a 1,300 mile retreat. It was here that Chief Joseph spoke ...

Wolf Mountain Battlefield


The defeat of Custer and his 263 men under his command at Little Bighorn at the hands of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne warriors on June 25, 1876, led to Congressional legislation that significantly increased the cavalry and infantry so they could pour troops into the Black Hills to destroy the ...

DAR Historical Marker

National Historic Site
Bozeman, MT

DAR marker commemorates the site's discovery and naming by Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which includes his inscribed signature, believed to be the only such left by the Expedition. The DAR marker reads, "”Pompey’s Pillar. Discovered and named by Captain William Clark of the ...