“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bozeman in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Trail Through Time

To the Headwaters

Trail Through Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
1. Trail Through Time Marker
Inscription. First Peoples utilized the valley for over 11,000 years before the arrival of Lewis & Clark, and the others that would follow. Trails brought cattle and homesteaders to an agricultural paradise. The military followed, defending settlers, consuming local products and mounting expeditions into the Yellowstone. The railroad brought material goods and tied the region to the national economy.

Over 11,000 years ago The First Peoples moving into North America across an ice age land bridge came to this area to hunt.

1803 - President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Captains Lewis and Clark to lead an expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. They reached the Headwaters of the Missouri River on July 25, 1805.

1806 - Returning from the Pacific Ocean on July 13, 1806, Capt. Clark and his party rode through the Gallatin Valley with 50 horses enroute to the Yellowstone River.

1808 - The streams of the beaver-rich Gallatin Valley lay at the heart of the fur trade industry.

1833 - William Clark publishes his map of the Gallatin Valley and Yellowstone River that will be known as the Clark Maximillian Map.

1860s - Homesteaders followed gold discoveries, blazing trails, bringing cattle and raiding crops.

1862 - A hub of economic endeavor grew around the settlement of Bozeman.

1867 - From Fort Ellis military expeditions surveyed and explored the marvels that would become Yellowstone National Park.

Today - Visitors follow the same route through this landscape on Interstate 90.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) & Qwest.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 45° 42.726′ N, 111° 3.834′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on N. 19th Avenue near I-90 eastbound entrance ramp (at milepost 305), 0.1 miles east of N. 19th Ave. and E. Valley Center Rd., on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located at Bozeman Rest Area along I-90 along with several other historic markers. Marker is in this post office area: Bozeman MT 59718, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Museum (a few steps from this marker); First People in the Gallatin Valley (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark (a few steps from this marker); Fort Ellis (within shouting distance of this marker); Bozeman Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Valley of Opportunity (within shouting distance of this marker); Fur Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bozeman Trail (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bozeman.
More about this marker. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series. It is one of six illustrated interpretive signs known as "One Trail Through Time: The Bozeman Rest Area signs" according to Montana's Historical Highway Markers book (Revised and Expanded by Axline 2008)

Marker is cracked down the middle.
Regarding Trail Through Time. Marker Quotation: "The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as...may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce." - President Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1803

Portraits of Meriweather Lewis and William Clark used by permission of Independence National Historical Park (PA) Collection, Clark Maximillian Map courtesy of Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, Nebraska
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 72 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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