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Sept. 17, Day 12, In Great Falls, MT
The big feature of the day was Ryan Dam originally the "Great Falls of the Missouri River."


We actually began the day at the other end of town, where stopped at an overlook of the Upper Portage Camp of Lewis & Clark in June and July of 1805. Pictured left is the iron frame of a boat Lewis thought he would cover with skins to float the shallower upper river.


Shirley, our guide.


Russell's Studio


Indian Web Page


A few years ago plastic buffalo were placed all around town and people paid to decorate them to raise funds for the museum. this one depicts the Buffalo Jump.

Of course it's a manufactured shot of Linda wearing a headdress on display at the Russell Museum.

Our leader, Grace, with our site host, Ann, who makes the local arrangements for our lodging and food.


Dinner on the Patio of the Town House Motel in Great Falls, MT

Amy's Journal

Day 12, Thursday, September 17, 2009 Great Falls Montana -- 38 miles – 2204 total
Our first stop today was the upper portage camp at white bear Island overlook. George Dean gave us a wonder for brochure and map outlining the old portage. We saw the iron boat and Lewis conceived. We next drove to the Charles Russell Museum for lunch in the Au-Wau-Cous room. This was our best sandwich lunch so far and the room was full of art displays. Shirley Rothwell an Art history specialist toward us through this wonderful museum. The life-size Indian on a Horse killing a permanently preserved buffalo was stunning. Shirley pointed out how Russell's technique improved over time; how he learned to bring more light into his paintings. I love his illustrated letters. You may purchase a book of these through their website www.CMRussell.org. Our last stop for the day was at the Ryan dam and the Great Falls. Thankfully there was water flowing over the dam and the falls... not The not the rushing water Lewis and Clark saw but enough to give us a sense of their experience. We also saw the high canyon rock they saw that challenged them in engineering the portage route. I saw an article in the Spring 2009 guide to Great Falls about a book on sale titled Great Falls Memories a pictorial history book about the Great Falls. It is $39.95 on sale at the Tribune the history museum or online at GreatFalls.pictorialbook.com.

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2111 + Russell Museum & Ryan Dam  30 / 2141
Actual: 2166 + 38 = 2204

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