Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
May 5 - 21, 2004

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May 14, Billings to Helena - Updated Sketch Book. Today we were blessed with a later start, and an extra hour sleep. Our major historical site today was Three Forks, where the Missouri River officially begins. To paraphrase Meriwether Lewis on July 27, 1805: Cpt. C. and I agreed that neither of these three rivers had the qualities to continue to be called the Missouri. Accordingly we named the NW river Jefferson for that illustrious person, the author of our enterprise. The middle fork we named for James Madison, Secretary of State, and Albert Gallatin for the Secretary of the Treasury. ok

We walked a mile across the bluff called Fort Rock by the Meriwether Lewis, glancing down every once in awhile at the meandering Gallatin River on its way to become part of the Missouri River. The walk brought us a marker interpreting this bluff behind us, Lewis's Rock,  which Meriwether Lewis climbed to gaze up the Gallatin River, to see what he could see.
In the footsteps: Montana: Today we stood at the edge of the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers, just as Lewis and Clark had stood and watched the waters merge to form the Missouri river 199 years ago. A bit further down the Gallatin joined to form the Mother of all Rivers. it was a thrilling moment to see what the intrepid explorers had seen. Nancy Pascal.
Meanwhile, back at Camp Dubois, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles launched their replica boats on  the Mississippi, and crossed into the Missouri River, beginning their 2004 re-enactment, which will end Nov 2 at Fort Mandan. They will be visiting many towns along the way. Check their website for scheduling. Maybe they will visit your town.

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