Trip from Lewis & Clark's "Point of Departure"
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 10, 2013 6:23 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Jan 10, 2013 4:58 AM
Trip from Lewis & Clark's "Point of Departure"Since late December 2012, I've been thinking of a trip from the famous "Point of Departure" to Goodbye Creek in Klamath County, Oregon, and I've decided to take it. Does anyone know how to read the famous Grass-Mud Horse sign along the way?
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Jan 10, 2013 5:58 AM
1I have driven on parts of the Lewis & Clark Trail in Montana, and it is well-demarcated with road signs showing National Historic Trail. There is also an excellent museum in Montana.
Jan 10, 2013 7:12 AM
2trekker502 - you may want to research that specific sign.
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Jan 10, 2013 2:03 PM
Jan 10, 2013 4:52 PM
4In May 2009, I drove from Butte, Montana, on Interstate-90, northeast on Interstate-15, through Helena and Great Falls. East of Helena is the dammed reservoir, Canyon Ferry Lake, near the headwaters of the Missouri River. Missouri Headwaters State Park is near Three Forks along Interstate-90. Northeast of Big Falls, I drove along Highway #87, which follows alongside the Missouri River, where there were signs for canoe launch sites. The Missouri River flows into the Mississippi River.
At Helena, Lewis and Clark were led across land over the Continental Divide to another river system on the west side. Maybe if you contact Helena National Forest by Googling them, you may get detailed information with a map. There is a Visitors' Center there, which I think I recall does have a map display of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Jan 10, 2013 6:23 PM
5I just Goo gled "Lewis and Clark Trail" and found the National Geographic Map that shows their roundtrip routes west and then back east. Going west, they left the Missouri River at Great Falls and crossed the Continental Divide to pick up the Columbia River on the west side. They followed the Columbia River all of the way to the Pacific Ocean at Clasop. Nowadays, the Columbia River divides Washington and Oregon states. The Klamath River partially divides Oregon and California states.
Returning east, the group split and one part simply retraced their steps back to Great Falls and launched their canoes eastward onto the Missouri River. The second group may have climbed over a lower pass in the Continental Divide and made their way to Three Forks, the Missouri Headwaters, from which they launched their canoes northeastward.
There is also another web site showing all of the interpretive centers in the 11 states along the Trail route, with phone numbers and web addresses for information.
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