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Meigs, Montgomery Major

By | Last Modified: May 26, 2019
Major Montgomery Meigs

Major Montgomery Meigs was a survey engineer for Northern Pacific Railway between 1870-1873. He assisted in laying out Fort McKeen (later Fort Abraham Lincoln) and likely assisted in laying out present-day Bismarck. He was also one of the first private citizens to own land in present-day Bismarck. Until 1886, present-day Broadway Avenue was named Meigs in his honor.

Meigs was born February 28, 1847 in Rouses Point, NY and died December 9, 1931 in Keokuk, IA. He was the son of renown Army engineer and Civil War General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs.

Meigs studied at the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard University and at the Royal Polytechnical School in Stuttgart, Germany.

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