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Our Genealogy Helper for Fort Benton ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Fort Benton (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Fort Benton. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Fort Benton ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Fort Benton: Ft. Benton

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Fort Benton is located in Chouteau County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chouteau County: Blaine, Cascade, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, Pondera & Teton.

Below are the counties that are near Fort Benton. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Fort Benton:

  • Chouteau County     (The home county of Fort Benton)
    • Loma [Chouteau County]
    • Carter [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carter
      • Carter [Chouteau County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Fort Benton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carter have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carter<2>
    • Big Sag [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sag
      • Big Sag [Chouteau County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sag
    • Highwood [Chouteau County]
    • Floweree [Chouteau County]
    • Virgelle [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virgelle
      • Virgelle [Chouteau County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Benton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virgelle
    • Geraldine [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geraldine
      • Geraldine [Chouteau County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Benton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Geraldine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geraldine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Geraldine<2>
    • Big Sandy [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sandy
      • Big Sandy [Chouteau County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Benton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 566 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sandy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Big Sandy<2>
  • Cascade County
    • Belt [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belt
      • Belt [Cascade County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 568 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belt have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belt
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belt<2>
    • Black Eagle [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Eagle
      • Black Eagle [Cascade County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Benton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Eagle have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Eagle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Black Eagle<2>
    • Great Falls [Cascade County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Great Falls
      • Great Falls [Cascade County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Benton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,353 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Great Falls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Great Falls<2>
    • Sand Coulee [Cascade County]
    • Stockett [Cascade County]
  • Judith Basin County

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Fort Benton, see our County-by-County Page for Fort Benton.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Fort Benton ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Benton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Fort Benton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Fort Benton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Fort Benton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Fort Benton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Fort Benton:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Fort Benton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Benton.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Fort Benton covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Riverside Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverside Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverside Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverside Cemetery
  • Montague Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Montague Cemetery
    • Montague Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Fort Benton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montague Cemetery
  • Carter Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Carter Cemetery
    • Carter Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Fort Benton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter Cemetery
  • Clear Lake Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Clear Lake Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Clear Lake Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Clear Lake Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Fort Benton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clear Lake Cemetery
  • Upper Shonkin Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Upper Shonkin Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Upper Shonkin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Upper Shonkin Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Shonkin Cemetery
  • Upper Highwood Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Upper Highwood Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Upper Highwood Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Upper Highwood Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Highwood Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Twin Hills Colony Cemetery
    • Geraldine Cemetery
    • Lower Belt Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lower Belt Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lower Belt Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lower Belt Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Benton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lower Belt Cemetery
    • Sample Flat Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sample Flat Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sample Flat Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sample Flat Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Fort Benton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sample Flat Cemetery
    • Graceville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Graceville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Graceville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Graceville Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Fort Benton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graceville Cemetery
    • Wolfe Cemetery
    • Big Willow Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Big Willow Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Big Willow Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Big Willow Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Willow Cemetery
    • Big Willow Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Big Willow Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Big Willow Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Big Willow Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Willow Cemetery
    • Kenilworth Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Fort Benton had a population of 624 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Fort Benton had a population of 1,442 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Fort Benton, with the one closest to Fort Benton listed first.

  • Fort Benton [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Benton
    • Fort Benton [Chouteau County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Fort Benton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 624 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,442 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Benton had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Benton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Benton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Benton<2>
  • Tunis [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tunis
    • Tunis [Chouteau County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Fort Benton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tunis had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tunis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tunis
  • Highwood [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highwood
    • Highwood [Chouteau County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Fort Benton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 46 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Highwood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Highwood<2>
  • Floweree [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Floweree
    • Floweree [Chouteau County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Fort Benton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Floweree had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Floweree
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Floweree<2>
  • Portage [Cascade County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portage
    • Portage [Cascade County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Fort Benton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Portage had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Portage have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
  • Verona [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verona
    • Verona [Chouteau County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Fort Benton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Verona had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Verona have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Verona

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Fort Benton. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fort Benton.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fort Benton ...

While our initial data about Fort Benton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Fort Benton in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Fort Benton.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Fort Benton:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Hixson Map of Montana (1950)
Published by Hixson Map Company

Rand McNally Map of Montana (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Rand McNally Map of Montana (1937)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Map of Montana (1951)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Fort Benton in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Fort Benton for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fort Benton. See our Misc Page for Fort Benton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Montana

About Chouteau County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fort Benton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Chouteau County: www.co.chouteau.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Benton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fort Benton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort BentonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Benton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.8287, Longitude: -110.6560       In this case, the coordinates for Fort Benton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Fort Benton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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