FORT ASSINNIBOINE, the largest military post in Montana was constructed in 1879 and actively used through 1911. The site is now the home of the Northern Agriculture Research Center, operated by Montana State University.
Fort Assinniboine is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association conducts regular guided tours of the site during the summer months.
SPECIAL EVENT- LIVING HISTORY
A full slate of fun and educational activities is planned for Living History on June 2nd.
The day’s activities begin at 9 a.m. with tours of Fort Assinniboine from the comfort of the Pershing Wagon. Use of the Pershing Wagon allows us to give an extended tour of the historic fort which gives the visitor a more impressive view of the size and grandeur that was Fort Assinniboine. The special price for these tours is only five dollars.
Also available to help start the day will be free coffee and cookies.
Available again this year will be the Bullhook Bottoms Black Powder Club. The club will be showing off their large collection of antique firearms and also giving some lucky youngsters the opportunity to pull the cord that fires their cannon.
If you bring your appetite with you, a free will offering lunch will be provided. The menu this year will be a choice between sausage dogs with sauerkraut or Rocky Dogs with all the condiments. Mix and match to find your favorite combo. Free pork-n-beans, chips and pop, coffee or water will also be available to help wash it all down.
The fort Interpretive Center and museum will be open for inspection and our guests will be able to inspect our selection of gift shop items for sale. These items include books, post cards and enhanced slate roof tiles that once covered one of the buildings at the fort. In addition to the Interpretive Center, the Officer’s Amusement Hall and the Guard House will be open for viewing.
The day will also include several individuals wearing period costumes. These will include 19th century infantry uniform, a 19th century 7th Cavalry uniform and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform.
The special tours will end at 3:00 p.m.
It’s been over 100 years since a dance was held in the Officer’s Amusement Hall and on June 2nd , the Fort Assinniboine Preservation Association and Sax Cadillac and the Other Brothas and Sistas Band will bring dancing back to Fort Assinniboine. The dance will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will run until 9:00 p.m. The band will feature a variety of music with some being from the period of the fort. A special Square Dance portion will also be presented.
Rocky Dogs and sausage dogs will also be available with the price of admittance.
The cost of this five hours of entertainment, dancing and food, will be $20 per individual or $35 per couple.