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1. Introduction2. Birth of a Police Force3. The March West4. Establishment of the Force5. The Railroad and the Rebellion6. The Growth of the Force7. Establishment of a National Police Force8. Biographies
 
Fort Benton
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French, Macleod and a few men rode the 100 miles to Ft. Benton. This rough town had a telegraph office and French was able to report to his superiors in the east. French bought some fresh horses, a wagon and other supplies, and left quickly to rejoin D and E Divisions for the march eastward. Macleod purchased boots, clothing and supplies to take back to his men. More supplies would follow by bull train. He also contracted I. G. Baker and Company to supply building materials and other necessities for their winters quarters, planned near Fort Whoop-Up.

While in Fort Benton, Macleod met Jerry Potts. This meeting was to change the fortunes of the force in the west. Half Blackfoot and half white, Jerry Potts knew several languages, was an excellent tracker and hunter, and knew the trails and the people of the Alberta and Montana plains. He agreed to guide Macleod and his men to Fort Whoop-Up.

Leaving with sick men and tired horses to wait for the bull train's arrival Sub-inspector Denny, Macleod and the rest of his men headed north to Fort Whoop-Up.

The log pallisade with bastions at the corners and loopholes in the walls amazed the men - in front of them was the reason for the March. But, only the caretaker, Dave Ackers, was there.

He invited the men into the fort and fed them a supper of buffalo meat and fresh vegetables. In spite of a diligent search, no whisky was found.

Jerry Potts lead the exhausted force to an island in the Oldman River. Here they built the first Fort Macleod.

Fort Benton, Montana
Fort Benton, Montana
Guide Jerry Potts

 
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3. The March West