Judith Landing Historic District

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Judith Landing Historic District

Big Sandy 59520,Havre Area

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Location: 40 miles from Big Sandy on Hwy. 236

This is the site of a trading post built by James Wells in 1882 in partnership with T.C Power and I.G. Baker of Fort Benton, developers of Fort Benton’s leading commercial businesses in the 1860s through 1880s. The sandstone and granite building is one of Montana’s most historic buildings and stands at the landing. The post office, three ranch houses, and the town’s original log schoolhouse still stand. The buildings are on private property and must be viewed from a distance.

James Wells was a Pony Express rider, stagecoach driver, fur trapper, and cattle rancher. He was married to a Gros Ventre Indian woman and became immersed in the customs of her tribe. Wells had great insight into the future of Montana, but could not have predicted the unjust treatment his Indian wife and children would receive after his death. The story of the development of Judith Landing and the Wells family is found in “James Wells of Montana” written by James A. Franks.

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