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Near Worden in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Pompey's Pillar

 
 
Pompey's Pillar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 2, 2010
1. Pompey's Pillar Marker
Inscription. Called Iishiia Anaache or "Place Where the Mountain Lion Dwells" by the Apsaalooka (Crow) people, Pompey's Pillar was a well-known landmark to the Plains Indians. It was here, at a strategic natural crossing of the Yellowstone, or Elk River as it was known to the Apsaalooka, that the Indian people met to trade and exchange information. They painted pictographs and etched petroglyphs onto the sheer cliffs of the feature. Apsaalooka legend reports that Pompey's Pillar was once attached to the sandstone bluffs on the north side of the river. At one point, however, the rock detached itself from the cliffs and rolled across the river to its present site.

Pompey's Pillar was also a significant landmark for Euro-American explorers, fur trappers, soldiers and immigrants. It was discovered by Canadian North West Company employee Francois Larocque in 1805. A little less than a year later, on July 25, 1806, it was visited by a 12 man detachment under the command of William Clark that included Sacajawea and her infant son. Clark carved his name and the date on the rock and named it in honor of Sacajawea's son. He was just one of hundreds of individuals who for generations have left their marks on the rock.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location.
Pompey's Pillar viewed from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 2, 2010
2. Pompey's Pillar viewed from the marker
45° 59.231′ N, 108° 0.298′ W. Marker is near Worden, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Old Highway 312 0.3 miles east of Bundy Rd, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located near entrance road to Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Worden MT 59088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp #44 of the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Pompey’s Pillar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); A Crossroads of Events (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Pompey's Pillar National Monument website. (Submitted on December 31, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Mark of William Clark on Pompey's Pillar image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 2, 2010
3. Mark of William Clark on Pompey's Pillar
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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