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Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country:

On the Trail from Montana's Fort Benton to Canada's Fort Macleod

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     2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Whoop-up Country, set in the broad prairie lands between Fort Benton, northward across the Medicine Line into the yet to be formed Canadian prairie provinces. The stage was set by withdrawal of the Hudson Bay Company, and from 1870 to 1883 supplies, trade goods, immigrants, adventurers--and whiskey--traveled along the legendary Whoop-Up Trail to Fort Whoop-Up and dozens of other posts

      The absence of law and order forced the Canadian government to create the North West Mounted Police, send them West to establish law and order, close down the whiskey trade, and drive free traders back across the border into Montana.

       During these “Whoop-Up Days,” Fort Benton was emerging from the rough frontier town, featuring “the Bloodiest Block in the West,” into a major trade center with merchant princes like I.G. Baker and T.C. Power competing with Free Traders for dominance in the Whoop-up Country.

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    Previous Titles List:

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


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


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. My Chapter: “Breaking Racial Barriers: ‘Everyone’s Welcome’ at the Ozark Club—Great Falls, Montana’s African American Nightclub” by Ken Robison. Far Country Press. [June 15, 2015]


McDermott, Paul D., Ed. The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest, 1859 to 1862. My Chapter: “Completing the Mullan Road from Mullan Pass to Fort Benton: A Harbinger of Change.” By Ken Robison. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing. Pgs. 131-151. [May/July 28, 2015]


Kohl, Martha, ed. Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women’s Stories. Ken Robison Chapter “Martha Edgerton Rolfe Plassmann.: Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, April 7, 2016.


Robison, Ken. Yankees & Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace. Charleston: The History Press, 2016. [5 September 2016]

Robison, Ken. World War I Montana, The Treasure State Prepares. Charleston: The History Press, 2018.

Robison, Ken. World War I Montana, Open Warfare Over There. The History Press, 2019.