Fort Henry (10)

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Fort Henry (10) (1822-1823) - A Fur trading & supply post established in 1822 on the Missouri River near the mouth of the Yellowstone River in present day McKenzie County, North Dakota. Named Fort Henry after Andrew Henry who established the post. Abandoned in 1823 for a new location.

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History

Established by Andrew Henry as a fur trading and supply post in April 1822. William H. Ashley and Andrew Henry had established a partnership to trade furs and Fort Henry was established as their base of operations. Ashley arrived in October 1822 with supples to support the expedition but returned to St. Louis leaving Henry to winter at the Fort. That spring Henry sent for supplies for the coming year and mounted two trapping expeditions. As a result, Fort Henry was found to be in an unsuitable location and it was moved to a location further up the Yellowstone to the mouth of the Bighorn River in present day Montana. This new location had been described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition as swarming with beaver and had become the site of earlier trading posts.

Current Status

The location given is approximate because the river course has changed dramatically at this location and little remains.


Location: McKenzie County, North Dakota. Approximate location, exact site not known.

Maps & Images

Lat: 47.94652 Long: -104.0135

See Also:

Sources:

  • Gowans, Fred R., Rocky Mountain Rendezvous: A history of the Fur Trade Rendezvous 1825-1840, Gibbs Smith, Utah, 2009, 239 pages, page 12-13.

Links:

Visited: Area 22 Sep 2013


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