Chinook is a cattle town on the Milk River. It was named after the warming wind that has saved many a cow from freezing and starving to death.
This rural community offers a key historic site on the Nez Perce Trail.
The Bears Paw Battlefield is the site of the last major Indian battle in the United States. Located just 16 miles south of Chinook on Route 240, it is one of Montana's three units of the Nez Perce Historic Park. The Battlefield is the site of the surrender of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians on October 5, 1877. After a 1,700 mile retreat, Chief Joseph made his famous speech of surrender. 'From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever.'
While in town visit the Blaine County Museum featuring area history, artifacts and a video presentation on the historic battle at Bear Paw Battlefield. (357-3130).
Chinook is located in north central area of Montana, 21 miles east of Havre. Bear Paw Battlefield is located just 16 miles south on Highway 240.