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Charles Arthur Broadwater (1840-1892), Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- History


Charles A. Broadwater (1840-92), a Montana pioneer, exemplified many of the characteristics embodied in the myth of the self-made man. With no trade or special skills Broadwater migrated to the Deer Lodge Valley in 1862. He traded horses, homes, and cattle. As the gold boom spread, he entered the freighting business and soon became immersed in the commercial and political life of the territory. He married into a leading Helena family and, through connections with such eastern capitalists as James J. Hill, built a business empire. He did not seek elective office, but he was a power in the territorial Democratic Party.


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