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Fort Maginnis (1880-1890) - A U.S. Army post established in 1880 by Captain Daingerfield Parker, 3rd U.S. Infantry, and named for Major Martin Maginnis, 11th Minnesota Infantry. Located near the present day ghost town of Giltedge in Fergus County, Montana. Abandoned in 1890.
Fort Maginnis History
Established on 22 Aug 1880 by Captain Daingerfield Parker, 3rd U.S. Infantry, to suppress Indian and civilian rustlers after the end of the Indian wars. One of five modern forts built after the Custer Massacre of 1876, Fort Keogh(1877), Fort Custer (1)(1877), Fort Missoula(1877), Fort Assinniboine(1879) and Fort Maginnis(1880). Abandoned on 20 Jul 1890.
Ruins only with some markings.
Location: About 8 miles northeast of the ghost town of Giltedge, Fergus County, Montana, on Fort Maginnis road.
Maps & Images
Lat: 47.18278 Long: -109.13389
- Hart, Herbert M., Tour Guide to Old Western Forts, Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder CO, 1980, ISBN 0-87108-568-2, page 73
- Frazer, Robert W., Forts of the West, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK, 1965, ISBN 0-8061-1250-6, page 83
- North American Forts - Fort Maginnis
- RootsWeb history
- Holscher's Hub - Fort Maginnis
- Society of the Military Horse - Fort Maginnis
Fort Maginnis Picture Gallery
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