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Fort Assinniboine goes national

Local historic fort receives plaque for landing on the National Registry of Historic Places


April 22, 2019

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association Chairman Ron VandenBoom demonstrates Friday how to load and fire an 1873 Springfield rifle that is part of the fort's collection of artifacts at Fort Assinniboine.

After years of work that started with one man's dream, Fort Assinniboine, once the largest fort in Montana, was listed in January on the National Register of Historic Places, receiving the certificate earlier this month.

"It's exciting," Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association Chair Ron VandenBoom said. "It's rewarding and a little bit bitter sweet because this was (former chair Gary Wilson's) dream and he isn't here to see it anymore."

Wilson, a local historian and author of five books documenting Montana's history, was a driving force in maintaining and improving Fort Assinniboine fo...

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