Fort Benton Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Fort Benton is known as the "Birthplace of Montana," and its historical significance can been felt and seen within the town as well as the surrounding area. Located along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and along the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Fort Benton gained its fame as a fur-trading post and then flourished with the Gold Rush. Today the history is well preserved, and a walk down the historic streets or receiving a welcoming “howdy” from one the locals is sure to transport you back to the Wild West.

In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Fort Benton as one of “Fifteen of America’s Prettiest Towns.” This small town is a historical treasure as well as a pleasant community to raise a family or retire. There is plenty to do see and explore and a great mix of cultural events and community events.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Easy going, small-town friendliness, farmers and ranchers.


Single-family homes, median listing price $214,000.


Arts and culture, historical events, outdoor enthusiasts, hunting and fishing.

You'll Love

Beautifully restored historic homes, rural setting, western history.

Perfect For

Families, retirees, history buffs, arts and culture lovers, outdoor recreationists.

Around the Area

Step back in time and discover why they call Fort Benton a “Centerpiece for American Western Frontier History.” There is no better place to do this than the museums in the heart of Fort Benton. At the Museum of the Upper Missouri you will find displays from the eras of exploration, fur posts and military posts that made up the Wild West. The Museum of the Great Northern Plains paints you a story of the western homesteaders who came west to build their lives on the Northern Great Plains in the early 20th century. Included is Homestead Village, where you can explore how these courageous pioneers spent their lives battling hardships in order to pursue their dreams of coming out west. Lastly, The Historic Old Fort Benton is a must-see. Knowledgeable guides will take you through what was once the most important trading post on the Upper Missouri River.

A walk along the Historic District of Fort Benton is stroll back through time. Stand on the banks of the river where Capt. Meriwether Lewis boarded his canoe. Take a step onto the first bridge to span the Missouri River in Montana and read the interpretive signs as you stroll along the Steamboat Levee.

Community events include the Summer Celebration, a three-day event that has been famous statewide for 40 years. Concerts, Arts on the Levee, pig-roasts and even a street dance are just a few of the happenings that draw both visitors and locals to this summer festival. Fort Benton also hosts the Chouteau County Fair every August and the Chouteau County Performing Arts boasts “world class entertainment at a small town price.”

In the heart of downtown Fort Benton stands the Grand Union Hotel. Built in 1882, it stands as the “Grand Ole Lady” and is one of Montana’s famous historical landmarks. Fully restored to its original glory, the Grand Union provides 26 beautifully restored guest rooms, each one unique and with its own historical significance. The Union Grille Restaurant offers a delicious menu of fine dining with local favorites sure to please any appetite.



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