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 Billings, Montana - Salmon, Idaho 375 miles You are here

Billings, Montana to Salmon, Idaho

Park City/Laurel, Montana- July 19 - 24, 1806.  Clark’s group stopped here to carve out two dugout canoes for their exploration of the Yellowstone River and during the night half their horses were taken from the neighboring Crow Tribe. The Crows were honored by all Plains tribes as the most expert horse-thieves.

Laurel, Montana - Canyon Creek Battlefield. Eight miles north of Laurel, Canyon Creek Battlefield is where the battle between the Nez Perce Indians led by Chief Joseph and the US Cavalry led by Col. Samuel Sturgis took place.

Laurel, Montana - Chief Joseph Monument.   Monument can be viewed in the center of Laurel's business district at the intersection of First Avenue and Main Street.   The famous Nez Perce passed this area leading his people toward Canada in 1877.


Livingston, Montana - Sacajawea Park -  " At the Yellowstone" Bronze Statue   Statue of the Shoshone woman Sacajawea on horseback and with Pomp as a toddler.

Bozeman, Montana- Bozeman Pass. Clark's exploration team crossed Bozeman Pass on July 15, 1806 after a recommendation from Sacagawea. Clark writes: “"the indian woman who has been of great service to me as a pilot through this country recommends a gap in the mountain more south which I shall cross."

Three Forks, Montana – Missouri Headwaters State Park July 28, 1805 Lewis and Clark named the three rivers which combine to form the Missouri (Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison rivers).

Butte, Montana - Butte has been recognized as a national Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Dept of the Interior.  Butte is also home town to dare-devil, Evel Knievel. 

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Salmon, Idaho - The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Education Center.   The Center is a unique outdoor experience for Lewis and Clark travelers to learn about culture and history in our beautiful and wild lands that retain much of character from 200 years ago. It is indeed “the Natural Choice for Lewis and Clark Travelers”.

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