Fort Assinniboine becomes a home for transients
February 28, 2020
By Keith J. Doll
Havre/Hill County Historic Preservation Commission
Monday, July 2, 1934, the Montana State Board of Education gave the federal government a two-year lease on some land and buildings at Fort Assinniboine. This was to become a permanent transient camp at Fort Assinniboine.
These men of all walks of life didn’t have work or lost their job during the Great Depression. About 100 transient men started to rebuild some of the buildings at Fort Assinniboine to make a home for them. They were living in the south part of the barracks and food supplies were brought out from Havre...