Clark July 24, 1806 (Floated past present day Laurel, Montana)
..."I had the horses drove across the river and Set Sergt. Pryor and his
party across (south of Billings, Montana). H. Hall who cannot Swim expressed a
Williness to proceed on with Sergt. Pryor by land, and as another man was
necessary to assist in driveing on the horses"...
Clark July 25, 1806
... "at 4 PM arived at a remarkable rock situated in an extensive bottom on
the Stard. Side of the river & 250 paces from it. this rock I ascended and from
it's top had a most extensive view in every direction. This rock which I shall
Call Pompy's Tower is 200 feet
high and 400 paces in secumphrance and only axcessable on one Side ... The
nativs have ingraved on the face of this rock the figures of animals & near
which I marked my name and the day of the month & year"...
Clark July 26, 1806
"proceeded on ... current of the river swift much divided by Stoney islands
and bars also handsome Islands Covered with Cotton wood "...
Clark July 27, 1806
... "the Elk which lay on almost every point in large gang and are so jintle
that we frequently pass within 20 or 30 paces of them without their being the
Clark July 28, 1806
" proceeded on glideing down this smooth stream passing maney Isld and
several creeks and brooks ."
Clark July 29, 1806
"a slight rain last night with hard thunder and Sharp lightening accompanied
with a violent NE wind. I set out early this morning wind So hard a head that we
made but little way."
Clark July 30, 1806
"after brackfast proceeded on... passed a rapid which is by no means
dangerous, it has a number of large rocks in different parts of the river which
Causes high waves. this rapid I call Bear rapid (Prairie County, Montana) from
the Circumstance of a bears being on a rock in the Middle of this rapid. a
violet Storm from the NW obliged us to land imediately below this rapid, draw up
the Canoes and take shelter in an old Indian lodge.."
Clark July 31, 1806
"I was much disturbed last night by the noise of the
buffalow which were about me. one gang swam the river near our camp which
alarmed me a little for fear of their crossing our canoes and splitting them to
Clark August 1, 1806
"was obliged to land to let the Buffalow Cross over... the river was crouded
with those animals for 1/2 an hour... "
Encamped on an island ( Dawson County, Montana).
Clark August 2, 1806
" about 8 AM this morning a Bear of the large vicious Species being on a Sand
bar raised himself up on his hind feet and looked at us as we passed down near
the middle of the river. he plunged into the water and Swam towards us, either
from a disposition to attack or from the Cent of the meat on the Canoes. we shot
him ... we were very near being detained by the Buffalow today which were
Crossing the river we got through the line between 2 gangues."