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Rosebud Creek in Montana

On July 28, 1806 William Clark & Company passed this area- Rosebud Creek in Montana

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Rosebud and Yellowstone
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From July 28, 1806 when Wm. Clark passed Rosebud Creek on his way down Yellowstone, this river valley was served as one of the major avenues for development and trade in eastern Montana.  Innumerable trappers and traders followed  Clark's route, including the American Fur Co. which constructed Ft. Van Buren at the juncture of the Rosebud and Yellowstone, in 1835.  The fort proved unprofitable and was abandoned in 1843. 

Buffalo Hunters took over 40,000 robes from this area alone during the 1860's and '70's shipping them out by river boat.  The slaughter disrupted eastern Montana's Indian culture and precipitated several years of bloody confrontation, culminating in the Battle of the Rosebud on June 17, 1876, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn eight days later. 


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