Kootenai Post (2)

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Kootenai Post (2) (1811-Unk) - A North West Company (NWC) trading post established in 1811 along the Kootenai River at the "Big Bend" across from present day Jennings in Lincoln County, Montana. Also known as Fort Kootenae and with various spellings of the river name (Kooyenay, Kootenai, Kootenae). In general, the United States spelling is Kootenai and the Canadian spelling is Kootenay.

Farmland in the Big Bend of the Kootenay (Kootenai) River near the Identified Site of Kootenai Post 2.

History

Established by the North West Company (NWC) in the winter of 1811-1812 along the Kootenai River across from present day Jennings in Lincoln County, Montana.

Kootenai River Trading Posts
Post Site Location Company Est To Established By Notes
Kootenai House Lake Windemere (near) NWC 1807 Unk David Thompson
Kootenai Post (1) Libby (opposite) NWC 1808 1811 Finan McDonald Moved to #2
Kootenai Post (2) Jennings (opposite) NWC 1811 Unk
Kootenai Post (3) Rainey Creek (mouth) NWC
HBC
1821
1829
1824
Unk

William Kittson
Kootenai Post (4) Young Creek (below) HBC 1846 1860 Edward Berland

Current Status

Fort Kootenai 1915 Marker at Libby Heritage Museum.
Fort Kootenai 1915 Marker History at Libby Heritage Museum.

The site is reportedly on private property in the Big Bend of the Kootenay River and is not marked with roadside markers or obvious access points. The site was identified by Jacob Meyers in October 1915 although he was unable to tie it to a specific post. Meyers found four chimney bottoms and three cellar depressions and placed a stone marker at the site. This stone marker was displaced by later road construction and now resides in the Libby Heritage Museum in Libby, Montana. According to the Heritage Museum, the site (but not the marker) was "relocated" at the Big Bend in 2007. The marker and the associated tale are shown here.


Location: At the "Big Bend" of the Kootenay River across from the town of Jennings in Lincoln County, Montana. Map point is from the GNIS coordinates and may not be accurate.

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.36662 Long: -115.33433

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Visited: Area 7 Jun 2017


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