Via 1805 Route
Near Popular, Montana: May 5, 1805 – Captain Clark & George Drouillard killed a brown bear. Captain Lewis writes: “ he measured 8. Feet 7 ˝ inches from the nose to the extremety of the hind feet, 5 F 10 ˝ Ins. Arround the breast, his tallons which were five in number on each foot were 4 3/8 Inches in length.”
Milk River- Largest northern tributary of the Missouri. On May 8, 1805, Lewis and Clark named this river (as it is known today). Captain Lewis writes: “ we nooned it just above the entrance of a large river… the water of this river possesses a peculiar whiteness, being about the colour of a cup of tea with the admixiture of a tablespoonfull of milk. From the colour of it’s water we called it Milk River.”
Near Fork Peck, Montana -May 9, 1805. Captain Lewis documents that the buffalo are in such great numbers that the men “ throw sticks and stones at them in order to drive them out of the way.” Lewis also describes one of his favorite dishes “Boudin Blanc” made from a buffalo’s guts & intestines.
Fort Peck, Montana- Fort Peck Dam &
Charles M. Russell
National Wildlife Refuge. The World Almanac lists Fort Peck
Dam as the largest embankment dam in the United States with the
fifth largest man-made reservoir. Fort Peck Dam was completed in
1937 and contains 1.25 billion cubic yards of earth, and extends
four miles. Tours are offered from June – September.
Fort Benton, Montana- Home of Montana's Lewis & Clark Memorial. The heroic sized statue is located on Fort Benton's steamboat levee, next to the Missouri River; Bob Scriver Sculptor. This is the Gateway to the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.
Great Falls, Montana – Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Very impressive, a must see.
Great Falls, Montana - Giant Springs Heritage Park. Features one of the largest fresh water springs in the world & Roe River - the shortest river in the world!
Great Falls, Montana -C.M. Russell Museum Complex. Russell's permanent residence (built in 1900); Charlie's original log cabin studio (built in 1903); 46,000 sq. ft. Museum structure.
Great Falls, Montana - Overlook Park.
statue by the late Bob Scriver featuring Lewis, Clark, York, and
Seaman, the dog.
Ulm, Montana - Ulm Pishkun Buffalo Jump State Park.
possibly the largest buffalo jump in the world, was used as a
jump site between 900 and 1500 A.D. Below the cliffs that
stretch more than a mile, the soil reveals compacted bison bones
nearly 13 feet deep.