Where The Rivers Meet: The Three Forks Of The Missouri

A couple of hundred years ago, a couple of guys named Lewis and Clark decided to take a little trip.  Long before the days of Chevrolet, they decided to see a part of America that would someday be part of the USA (remember that slogan?).  They toiled their way across an expanse of wild country. Eventually, they ended up here, at the headwaters of the Missouri River.  They camped and did a little local exploring.  You can too.  They didn't have the benefit of a nice campground, trails, and interpretive displays telling of the local history, all courtesy of the fine folks at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  More park specific info is available at the Montana FWP website here.














 






I walked up the S.E. fork about a half mile and ascended the point of a high limestone cliff from whence I commanded the most perfect view of the neighboring country.
 Words of Meriwether Lewis, Saturday July 27th, 1805 in The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Bernard DeVoto.
This is a view of Lewis's S.E. fork, which they named the Gallatin River.


Gallatin River, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Montana













Comments

  1. Thanks for this post, Les. It puts me in mind of my favorite segment of American history, the L&C Expedition. Also brings back bits of an enjoyable read, "The Journal of Lewis & Clark," a multi-volume tome well worth perusing.

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    1. Hi Walt, I still thumb through the journals on occasion too. They sure had it tough back then. We get around a little easier nowadays.

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  2. Lester
    I really enjoy reading anything that involved the Lewis and Clark expedition. I wish someone in Hollywood would create a mini series about the expedition, it would be as popular as Lonesome Dove. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Well Bill, I'm not sure if Hollywood could handle anything without pyrotechnics or sex scenes. Still, it would make one heck of a mini series.

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    2. Bill, I was thinking that the expedition would be a great topic for a Ken Burns special. As it turns out, he already had done it! Here's a link to the PBS series. Journal of the Corps of Discovery

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  3. Lester
    Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I agree it seems now days most all movies are full of horrible language or overblown sex scenes. Society has certainly changed since we were young and growing up. Sad to say but we will never witness those days again.

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