Fort Owen State Park

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Fort Owen State Park

Montana

(406) 542-5500

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Overview

This park was the site of many "firsts" in Montana history. It was home to Montana's first Catholic church founded by Father DeSmet in 1841 and the state's first permanent white settlement. Also located here were the first sawmill, first grist mill, first agricultural development, first water right, and the first school for settlers. Major John Owen arrived in the Bitterroot Valley in 1850 and established the fort and began trading with the Indians and growing number of immigrants. Period furnishings and artifacts are displayed in the restored rooms of the east barracks. Take your time to browse through a small museum housed in preserved and partially-reconstructed structures. This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs and exhibits detail the site's history, and there are plenty of opportunities for photography at this historic site. There are no designated camping areas, and all trash must be packed out.

Map of Fort Owen (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.520000, -114.097000

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Please contact the park for information on bike trails.

  • Historic Sites

    Take your time to browse through a small museum housed in preserved and partially-reconstructed structures. This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs and exhibits detail the site's history.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available for visitors.

Directions

Driving

25 miles south of Missoula on U.S. 93 to Stevensville Junction, then .5 miles east on Secondary 269.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 542-5500

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