Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
August 10 - 27, 2005

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Route: I-15 from Helena, MT to Great Falls, MT. After a visit to the Capitol and Historical Museum, the major attraction for the day was a wonderful boat ride through the canyons of the Missouri. It was on July 19, 1805 that Meriwether Lewis christened this area The Gates of the Rocky Mountains. ok

Lewis wrote in amazement about the big-horned animals prancing about on the cliffs and precipices. Sometimes we see them sometimes we don't. The picture on the right below is from the 2001 trip

 

As we followed the river north, local instructor George Dean gave us data on the local area and pointed out significant L&C sites, such as Square Butte, which Lewis called the Fort, and Tower Rock, where he climbed up to view the landscape as it changed from plains to mountains.

Then it was on the the Ulm Pishkun, a buffalo jump. Before the horse came to this area the natives would drive buffalos off of to get their meat, hides, etc. A very animated and knowledgable ranger told us that the Pishkun means "bowl of blood", referring to the remnants of the butchering which took place at the foot of the jump

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