Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
August 28 - September 5, 2005

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Great Falls, MT -- The day started with an overlook of the Upper Portage Camp at the Great Falls. ok
Indians told Lewis he would find a waterfall requiring a half-day portage. He found five, which required an 18 1/4 mile portage which took 11 days. With preparations and regrouping they were here for a month. The falls are power dams today and only occasionally release enough water to approximate Lewis' "sublimely grand spectacle." Here we stand on the very place Lewis stood to view the Great Falls of the Missouri River.

Next we scouted out Decision Point. It was here a river came from the north that the Hidatsas had not told the explorers about. Which was the real Missouri. They spent more than a week exploring both rivers and eventually decided on the proper one. One of the things the men complained about on the portage was prickly pear cactus.

Fort Benton was our next stop where we toured this 1846 fur trading post with "Burnt Spoon."

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