The Oldest Town In Montana That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once

The rest of the country might be thinking of November 8 as Election Day, but the Montanans who know their history know that it’s special for another reason: It’s Montana’s birthday. The Treasure State joined the Union in 1889, but Fort Benton existed over 40 years before that. It’s one of the oldest settlements in the American West, and 169 years later, it still has its original charm.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Ready to visit Fort Benton? If you can’t make it yet, start with one of these other historic Montana towns.