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Historic Tales of Fort Benton




Deep in the heart of Blackfoot country on the Upper Missouri River, trade relations opened cautiously in 1831. A series of trading posts and clashes followed. By 1846, Fort Benton had become the center of commerce with Indigenous tribes, including the Blackfoot, who dubbed it “many houses to the South.” Drawing settlers from eastern states, the head of steamboat navigation became known as “the world’s innermost port.” As a result, the fort became a multicultural melting pot and home to the “Bloodiest Block in the West.” Award-winning historian Ken Robison brings to life dramatic sagas of a rapidly developing frontier, from vigilante X. Beidler to the drowning of General Thomas Francis Meagher, the exile of Canadian rebel and hero Louis Riel and the Marias and Ophir Massacres.

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  • Title: Historic Tales of Fort Benton

  • By Ken Robison

  • Pages: 192

  • ISBN: 9781467154871

  • Price: $23.99

  • On Sale Date: 7/31/2023

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As the nation’s leading publisher of books of local nonfiction and rarely explored pockets of history, Arcadia’s mission is to connect people with their past, with their communities and with one another. Arcadia has an extraordinary catalog of 17,000 titles exploring the story of America one city, state, or county at a time, including titles from Arcadia Children’s Books and the 100-year-old stalwart publisher, Pelican


    Previous Titles List:

Robison, Ken. Fort Benton. Charleston: Arcadia, 2009.


Robison, Ken. Cascade County and Great Falls. Charleston: Arcadia, 2011.


Thomson, Janet D. et al, Ed. Early Settlers of Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, 1884-1920. Vols. 1-2. Createspace, 2012. [Ken Robison wrote the History of Great Falls and the bios of more than 1,100 Black residents.]


Healy, John J. Life and Death on the Upper Missouri: The Frontier Sketches of Johnny Healy. Edited by Ken Robison. Charleston: Ken Robison, 2013.


Robison, Ken. Montana Territory and the Civil War: A Frontier Forged on the Battlefield. Charleston: The History Press, 2013.


Robison, Ken. Confederates in Montana Territory: In the Shadow of Price’s Army. Charleston: The History Press, 2014.


Swarthout, Robert, Ed.  Montana  A Cultural Medley, Stories of Our Ethnic Diversity. Ken Robison Chapter: “Breaking Racial Barriers: ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ at the Ozark Club—Great Falls, Montana’s African American Nightclub” by Ken Robison. Far Country Press, 2015.


McDermott, Paul D., Ed. The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859 to 1862. Ken Robison Chapter: “Completing the Mullan Road from Mullan Pass to Fort Benton: A Harbinger of Change.” By Ken Robison. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing, 2015. Pgs. 131-151, 2015.


Kohl, Martha, ed. Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women’s Stories. Ken Robison Chapter “Martha Edgerton Rolfe Plassmann.: Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2016.


Robison, Ken. Yankees & Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace. Charleston: The History Press, 2016.


Robison, Ken. World War I Montana: The Treasure State Prepares

Charleston: The History Press, 2018.


Glasrud, Bruce A. and Cary D. Wintz, Eds. Black Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in the West. Ken Robison Chapter: “Chapter 5: The Mountain States (Montana/Wyoming): Breaking Racial Barriers.” Norman: University of Oklahoma Press: February 2019.


Robison, Ken. Montanans in the Great War: Open Warfare Over There

 Charleston: The History Press, 2019.


Robison, Ken. Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country: On the Trail from Montana's Fort Benton to Canada's Fort Macleod. Charleston: The History Press, September 2020.

Robison, Ken. Cold War Montana: From Stolen Secrets to the Ace in the Hole

The History Press, Oct 2021

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