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Fort Assinniboine - the beginning of north-central Montana

'If it weren't for Fort Assinniboine, there might have not been a Havre'

 

February 23, 2018

Ryan Welch/Havre Daily News

Before Montana became a state, before the name Havre had ever been emblazoned on, or staked in, any part of the Hi-Line, there was a Fort Assinniboine.

"If it weren't for Fort Assinniboine, there might have not been a Havre," said Candi Zion, a historian and former chair of the Havre/Hill County Preservation Commission.

At the time of its establishment, the fort stretched 220,000 acres. That large swath of territory covered a portion of present-day Havre, as well as Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation.

Today, less than 20 percent of the military infrastructure survives.

Recently, as a resul...



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