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Lewis and Clark Expedition is a central part of Montana's history!

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1. Missouri Headwaters State Park

 Three Forks, Bozeman Area
If you love to see moving waters, this is the place. The park embraces the wild rivers of the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison that converge near Three Forks and flow into the Missouri River. More Info
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2. Beaverhead Rock

 Dillon, Butte Area
On August 10, 1805, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition pushed their way up the Jefferson River’s tributaries toward the Continental Divide and the Pacific Ocean beyond. More Info
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3. Bannack Historical Marker

 Dillon, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, passed here in August 1805. The old mining camp of Bannack is on Grasshopper Creek about twenty miles west of here. More Info
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4. James Kipp Recreation Area and Campground

 Malta, Havre Area
Located along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is the James Kepp Recreation Area and campground. It has 34 campsites, 19 single sites, and 15 group sites. More Info
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5. Beaverhead Scenic Loop Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway

 Wise River, Butte Area
The stretch from Jackson to Wisdom parallels the Big Hole River, one of the top blue-ribbon trout streams in America. More Info
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6. Belt Jail

 Belt, Great Falls Area
Lewis and Clark or early trappers named nearby Belt Butte for its girdle or rocks. More Info
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7. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

 Glasgow, Northeast Montana
Named after the prized Montana cowboy-artist, this refuge is the third-largest in the United States and the second-largest in the lower 48 states with over one million acres of prairies, badlands, and rolling hills. More Info
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8. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

 Three Forks, Bozeman Area
Located in the rugged Jefferson River Canyon, Lewis and Clark Caverns features one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. More Info
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9. A Montana Crossroads Historical Marker

 Loma, Havre Area
The Missouri River once flowed northeasterly through this valley to Hudson Bay. More Info
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10. Captain Meriwether Lewis

 Dupuyer, Great Falls Area
Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, accompanied by three of his men, explored this portion of the country upon their return trip from the coast. More Info
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11. Blackfeet and Buffalo

 Choteau, Great Falls Area
In the days of the fur traders and trappers immediately following the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) all of this country bordering the Rocky Mountains was buffalo range and the hunting grounds. More Info
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12. Black Eagle Falls

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
The uppermost of the Great Falls of the Missouri bears west of this point. More Info
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13. Camp Disappointment

 Browning, Great Falls Area
The monument on the hill above was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1925 to commemorate the farthest point north reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-06. More Info
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14. Bear Mouth Historical Marker

 Drummond, Southwest Montana
Location: West of Drummond Bear Mouth, across the river to the south, was a trading point for the placer camps at Beartown, Garnet, and Coloma located in the hills north of here. More Info
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15. Gallatin Valley - Historical Marker

 Bozeman, Bozeman Area
Captain Wm. Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with a party of ten men, passed through this valley July 14, 1806, eastward bound, and guided by the Shoshone woman, Sacajawea. More Info
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16. Painted Rocks State Park

 Darby, Southwest Montana
Painted Rocks received its name from the green, yellow, and orange lichens which cover the grey and black rock walls of the granitic and rhyolite cliffs. The lichen forms out of the symbiotic relationship between the algae growing on the cliffs. More Info
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17. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park Campground

 Whitehall, Bozeman Area
Montana's first state park is the Lewis and Clark State Park.  There are limestone caverns with spectacular caves lined with stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, and columns. More Info
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18. Fred Robinson Bridge Tour

 Lewistown, Havre Area
The Fred Robinson Bridge over the Missouri River is approximately 70 miles south of Malta on Highway 191. Looking from the bridge you are viewing much of the same scenery that Lewis and Clark viewed when passing through this area. More Info
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19. Fred Robinson Bridge

 Malta, Havre Area
Looking from the bridge you are viewing much of the same scenery that Lewis and Clark viewed when passing through this area. More Info
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20. Missouri Breaks Backcountry Byway

 Winifred, Havre Area
This 81-mile loop starts in Winifred. More Info
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21. Jefferson Valley

 Twin Bridges, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, came up the Jefferson River in August 1805. More Info
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22. Junction of the Hell Gate & Big Blackfoot Rivers

 Bonner-West Riverside, Missoula Area
An important Indian road came east through the Hell Gate and turned up the Big Blackfoot. More Info
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23. Paddling Adventures around Billings

 Billings, Billings Area
This area around Billings has two canoeable rivers. The Yellowstone and the Tongue River. More Info
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24. Lost Trail Hot Springs

 Southwest Montana
Here, natural mineral hot springs provide a soak in a rustic facility including a large medium-hot pool, a smaller hot pool, and a sauna. More Info
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25. The Missouri and Yellowstone Route Scenic Drive

 Sidney, Northeast Montana
Twenty miles to the northeast of present-day Sidney on April 27, 1805, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery first entered Montana. A couple of days earlier, they camped at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. More Info
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26. Father De Smet

 Whitehall, Butte Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed here, westward bound, August 2, 1805. Captain Lewis named the Boulder River “Fields Creek” for one of the party. More Info
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27. Fort Chardon Historical Marker

 Big Sandy, Havre Area
Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through this area (1805) on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean, and the landscape here remains much as they described it. More Info
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28. Fort Peck Indian Reservation Historical Marker

 Poplar, Northeast Montana
Fort Peck Indian Reservation is the home of two tribes, whose forefathers were living in this vicinity when Lewis and Clark came up the Missouri. More Info
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29. Lewis & Clark Expedition

 Whitehall, Butte Area
On August 1, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at a point 200 yards west from this spot, on the south bank of the river facing the mouth of the creek which flows into the river from the north. More Info
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30. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

 Stevensville, Southwest Montana
Located in the Bitterroot Valley of southwestern Montana; 25 miles south of Missoula. Majestic scenery dominates with the 9,000 foot Bitterroot Mountains located across the Bitterroot River to the west. More Info
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31. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
It is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. More Info
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32. Lewis Minus Clark Expedition

 Missoula, Missoula Area
On their return trip from the Pacific Coast, the Corps of Discovery split into two parties at Travelers Rest (just south of Missoula, Montana) on July 1, 1806 More Info
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33. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
Center exhibits feature the epic travels of Lewis and Clark through Indian Country, the West in 1805. More Info
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34. The Ruby Valley

 Alder, Butte Area
The Ruby River was called the Passamari by the Indians and became known as the Stinking Water to the whites in the pioneer days. More Info
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35. Traveler's Rest Historic Marker

 Lolo, Southwest Montana
Location: South of Lolo The Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, camped at the mouth of Lolo Creek September 9th, 10th, 1805. More Info
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36. Jackson Hot Springs

 Jackson, Southwest Montana
The springs provide water for the entire town of Jackson in the Big Hole Valley. The privately-owned Jackson Hot Springs Lodge is open year-round for soaks in the Big Hole Valley. Admission is charged. More Info
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37. Yellowstone River Trading Posts

 Hysham, Billings Area
Even before the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned to St. Louis in 1806, enterprising fur traders looked to the upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers as a source of profit. More Info
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38. The Montana-Utah Road

 Dell, Butte Area
Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. More Info
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39. Lewis & Clark Portage Route

 Great Falls, Great Falls Area
To avoid the series of waterfalls along the Missouri River north of this point, the Expedition portaged their canoes and several tons of baggage, crossing the highway right here. More Info
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40. The Three Forks of the Missouri - Historical Marker

 Three Forks, Bozeman Area
This region was alive with beaver, otter and game before the white man came. It was disputed hunting territory with the Indian tribes. More Info
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41. Sun River

 Augusta, Great Falls Area
The Sun River was called the Medicine River by the Indians in the days of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (18O4-06). More Info
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42. Nez Perce Sikum Historical Marker

 Lolo, Southwest Montana
Location: Highway 12 West of Lolo Sikum is the Nez Perce word for horse. The Nez Perce people were introduced to the horse in the 1730s. The word “appaloosa” was created by white settlers. More Info
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43. Marias River Historical Marker

 Loma, Havre Area
The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at the mouth of this river just east of here June 3, 1805. More Info
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44. Outlaws Oldtrails and the Sioux and Assiniboine Nations Route Scenic Drives

 Wolf Point, Northeast Montana
You will cover 188 miles on this circle trip so allow yourself some time. You will probably need to take at least a couple of days even if you hurry through. More Info
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45. Dupuyer

 Dupuyer, Great Falls Area
Dupuyer, a colorful frontier cattle town, and 1880s stop on the Fort Shaw-Fort Macleod Trail, is the oldest town between Fort Benton and the Rocky Mountains. More Info
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46. Fort Benton

 Fort Benton, Havre Area
Capt. Clark with members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on the site of Fort Benton June 4, 1805. More Info
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47. Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills Historic Marker

 Montana City, Helena Area
The mountains to the west are the Elkhorns. Those to the east across the Canyon Ferry Lake are the Big Belts. Both of these ranges are highly mineralized. More Info
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48. Shields River Valley

 Wilsall, Livingston Area
This river was named by Capt. Wm. Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in honor of John Shields, a member of the party. More Info
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49. The Rosebud River - Historical Marker

 Rosebud, Southeast Montana
This stream was noted by Captain Wm. Clark July 28th, 1806, when he was descending the Yellowstone River. More Info
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50. Wolf Point Area Historical Museum

 Wolf Point, Northeast Montana
Wolf Point Museum is a small and very interesting museum containing a life-sized statue of the cowboy and artist Charles M. Russell, as well as artifacts from early-day white settlers and Native Americans. More Info
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51. Wolf Point Historical Marker

 Wolf Point, Northeast Montana
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed here, westward bound in 1805. Fur trappers and traders followed a few years later. More Info
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52. The Judith River Historical Marker

 Hobson, Central Montana
When the Lewis and Clark Expedition came up the Missouri River in 1805 Capt. Clark named the Judith River for one of the girls he left behind him. More Info
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53. Traveler's Rest State Park

 Lolo, Southwest Montana
Travelers’ Rest State Park is home to a campsite used by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806. On their journey westward, their Shoshone guide brought the Corps of Discovery to a timeworn Native American campsite. More Info
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54. Lewis and Clark Expedition

 Butte, Butte Area
On August 1, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at a point 200 yards west from this spot, on the south bank of the river facing the mouth of the creek which flows into the river from the north. More Info
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55. Stevensville Historical Museum

 Stevensville, Southwest Montana
This museum features displays and artifacts emphasizing the early history of the Bitterroot Valley and Stevensville, which is the earliest white settlement in Montana, established around St. Mary’s Mission. More Info
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56. Fort Owen Historical Marker

 Stevensville, Southwest Montana
Between 1831 and 1840 the Flathead Indians sent out three delegations, with St. Louis as their objective, to petition that “Black Robes” be sent to teach them. More Info
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57. Clark's Lookout State Park

 Dillon, Butte Area
Clark’s Lookout State Park is located above the Beaverhead River and is a place that provided the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a view of the route ahead. More Info
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58. Camp Fortunate and Clark Canyon Reservoir

 Dillon, Butte Area
Recreation on Clark Canyon Reservoir and Barrett’s Diversion Dam, located on the Beaverhead River south of Dillon, Montana, is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. More Info
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59. Beaverhead Rock State Park

 Montana, Butte Area
Resembling the head of a swimming beaver, this natural landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The site may be viewed and photographed from a distance, but is not directly accessible. More Info
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60. Ross' Hole Historical Marker

 Darby, Southwest Montana
Alexander Ross, of the Hudson Bay Company, with 55 Indian and white trappers, 89 women and children, and 392 horses, camped near here on March 12, 1824 More Info

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