Fort William Henry Harrison (1)

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Fort William Henry Harrison (1) (1895-1913) - Authorized by Congressional act of 12 May 1892 and first named Fort Harrison (2) after then President Benjamin Harrison on 13 Dec 1892 but not actually established until 23 Sep 1895. The name was changed to Fort William Henry Harrison in 1906 to eliminate a name conflict with an Indiana Fort Harrison (1). First garrisoned with troops from Fort Assiniboine (1) 23 Sep 1895. Troops withdrawn in 1913.

Fort William Henry Harrison Commanding Officer's Quarters
Fort William Henry Harrison NCO Duplex Quarters

Fort William Henry Harrison History

Established as a part of a consolidation program that concentrated troops in a few larger installations so that smaller installations could be abandoned. Located near a rail line, it was thought that troops could be rushed by rail to any trouble spot. The architecture of the fort buildings is almost identical to other western forts of that era, see Fort George Wright.

The fort was placed in caretaker status 15 Jan 1913 and abandoned in April 1913.

Current Status

Currently home to Montana National Guard units and the U.S. Veterans Administration facility.


Location: About 3 miles northwest of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana.

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Lat: 46.61829 Long: -112.10378

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Visited: 19 May 2010

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