Since I’ve started Wanted: Mail Order Husband which is the first book in Fort Benton, Montana Series, I decided to go over there to take a look through their pioneer village and museum.
Fort Benton is the birthplace of Montana. They were a thriving town as long as the steamboat was the preferred method of transportation, but when the railroad came in, it stopped being a big hub in the state. It was a “wild” west town in its early days. People were shot in the street, and it got pretty rowdy on the main street at night with the gambling and prostitution. I also learned that buffalo hunting was a huge deal in this area of the United States from both Native Americans and the white settlers. Also, grasshoppers were a hardship people who grew crops had to contend with. Those are just a couple of highlights I learned along the way. I have some good material for this upcoming series that will be a lot of fun.
I thought I’d share some of the pictures my husband and I took. The things on display ran the range from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Here are a couple of restored buildings.
On the second floor this building was the dentist, eye doctor, and regular doctor. The mercantile was on the main floor. We were able to go inside and see all of the items that were in them.
This is what a dentist’s office used to look like:
This is in the mercantile:
Here’s a buggy:
This is an old cookstove with pots and pans:
Here is a kitchen sink with a pump:
And since I love to write romance, the pictures would be incomplete with a groom’s and bride’s clothing:
Next time I go to Fort Benton, I will take some pictures of the town as it is today. It really is a picturesque place. They have done a wonderful job of preserving their history.