Date of Award

Spring 1957

Document Type




First Advisor

Thomas Clinch


This thesis presents the history of Fort Logan, Montana. The whole of the subject matter involves the decade of the 1870's, in which the fort existed as an active military establishment.

It is my purpose to show first, that Fort Logan existed as part of a military policy to establish a chain of military posts in the Montana Territory for the protection of the pioneers, and second, to show what importance the fort had as a business and social center for the Smith River Valley.

Perhaps a more fundamental reason for the writing of this thesis lies in the need for fully documented history of Montana. It is my opinion that much of the history of the Treasure State has long been neglected, and that all too many events have been buried with its pioneers.