Three Forks Montana Real Estate
Three Forks, Montana – Population ~1,850 – Near The Missouri River Headwaters – Elevation 4,081′ – 30 Miles West of Bozeman – Three Forks Real Estate Listings At Bottom
In their journals Lewis and Clark wrote abundantly about Three Forks, Montana and its lively, mid-19-century history. Economically, Three Forks relies on farming and ranching, construction services, tourism, and service industries and is known for hunting and fishing.
Three Forks Montana History: Fort Three Forks was established in 1810 by several mountain men from the Missouri Fur Company. Leaders, Andrew Henry and Colonel Pierre Menard, intended to establish a trading post on this historic Three Forks Montana real estate. Natives killed some of the men, and within months the cottonwood-constructed fort had been abandoned.
Early Three Forks Montana Real Estate: In 1862, seeking farmland on which to grow crops to feed the vast number of goldminers in the region, the Gallatin Town Company arrived to layout Gallatin City on the west side of the Missouri River, at the mouth of the Gallatin River, one of the three rivers forming the Missouri River. Soon thereafter the city was moved to the east side of the Missouri because river traffic was much higher on that side; the new city was called Gallatin City II.
After burning in 1881, James Shedd’s Madison House became the site on which present day Three Forks was established. Today’s Sacajawea Hotel (aka, Madison Bridge House), built in 1910 houses a portion of the original Madison House.
By 1890, Gallatin City II had been abandoned and the Northern Pacific Railroad had set track. Seventeen years later, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway laid line within a mile of Three Forks. By 1911, the year of incorporation, Three Forks had close to 900 residents.
Also consider visiting these Three Forks sites: Headwaters Heritage Museum, Lewis Rock, Lewis and Clark Encampment, Indian Cave, Fort Three Forks (aka Fort Henry), Sacajawea Capture Site, Net Parker Homestead, Fort Rock, Gallatin City, Headwaters State Park, where the Missouri starts.