Interpretive Sign Reads
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.