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John Merin Bozeman

  • Birth Jan 1835 Pickens County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 20 Apr 1867 Livingston, Park County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 8611638

Pioneer. He headed west from Georgia to Colorado in 1858. However, after his claims there discovered that the they had no gold to pan out, he moved to Montana in 1862. He, along with John Jacobs, blazed the Bozeman Trail, a cutoff route from the Oregon Trail that traced from Wyoming to Bannack, Montana, in 1863 (the former trail closed in 1868 because of the Indian Wars). The same year, he discovered Bozeman, Montana, and the Gallatin Valley (which he thought as a most desirable place to live) and the following year, the town was founded. In 1867, he with Tom Cover, was attacked by the Sioux Indians near the Yellowstone River, and he was murdered there.

Bio by: Bona Rae Villarta


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bona Rae Villarta
  • Added: 7 Apr 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8611638
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Merin Bozeman (Jan 1835–20 Apr 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8611638, citing Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .