Fort Ellis

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Fort Ellis (1867-1886) - A U.S. Army post established in 1867 by Captain R. S. LaMotte and three companies of the 13th U.S. Infantry near present day Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. Named for Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis who was killed 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg during the U.S. Civil War. The fort protected settlers in the Gallatin valley from hostile Indians. Abandoned in 1886.

Fort Ellis, Montana, NPS
Fort Ellis Marker
Fort Ellis Locale, Bozeman Trail Marker on the Left, Fort Ellis Marker on the Right

Fort Ellis History

A U.S. Army post established 27 Aug 1867 by Captain R. S. LaMotte and three companies of the 13th U.S. Infantry. The fort was located just south of the Gallatin River and about 3.5 miles from present day Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. Lieutenant Gustavus C. Doane, 2nd U.S. Cavalry, was stationed at Fort Ellis when he explored the now Yellowstone National Park. The fort was decommissioned in 1886.

Current Status

Very few remains are left at the actual site, now occupied by the Fort Ellis Experimental Station of Montana State University.


Location: Located about 3.5 miles east of Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana on the access road for I90. The map indicates the location of a historical Marker for the Fort.

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Lat: 45.66923 Long: -110.975475

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Visited: 25 May 2010

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