One side of Front Street is lined with old historical brick buildings, the other side is the river. Posted along the river side are signs that tell about each building, with pictures taken at a time when they were occupied by the original owners. Building after building boasts a National Register of Historical places plaque.
As a treat we stayed in the Grand Union Hotel. This hotel was built in 1882 at the height of Fort Benton’s hay day, at a cost of $200,000. A pretty penny in those days. Unfortunately in 1886, the railroad came through this area and by passed Fort Benton. The steamboat era came to an end along with the town’s prosperity. Over the next 100 years the hotel was bought and sold many times, going from bad to worse. Finally in 1996 a local couple bought the building and have renovated the hotel while maintaining as much as possible of its past beauty.
The Grand Union Hotel
The Missouri River taken from the Grand Hotel
The Lewis & Clark statue in Fort Benton
Some of the historical buildings in Fort Benton