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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Black Eagle Falls

 
 
Black Eagle Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
1. Black Eagle Falls Marker
Inscription. The uppermost of the Great Falls of the Missouri bears west of this point. The name is a modern one derived from an entry for June 14th, 1805 in the journal of Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He discovered the falls on that date and wrote, “... below this fall at a little distance a beautiful little Island well timbered is situated about the middle of the river. In this Island on a cottonwood tree an Eagle has placed her nest; a more inaccessable spot I believe she could not have found for neither man nor beast dare pass those gulphs which separate her little domain from the shores”.

After viewing the falls, Capt. Lewis ascended the hill to the former location of the smelter stack and saw “... in these plains and more particularly in the valley just below me immence herds of buffaloe ...”
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 47° 31.178′ N, 111° 15.446′ W. Marker was in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker was on River Drive North 0.4 miles east of 25th Street North, on the right when traveling west. Click for map.
View to West Along River Drive North image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (2015 Google), September 2011
2. View to West Along River Drive North
Marker is on right (north) side of road
Marker was in this post office area: Great Falls MT 59401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A "great" Set of Falls (approx. 1.3 miles away); Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Smallest River Runs Through It (approx. 1.7 miles away); Cascade County Courthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); Formation of the Gorge and Falls (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Replacement Marker
The marker was replaced in October 2011 with a new marker of similar size and shape in the same location. The new marker, titled "Black Eagle", modified the text of the previous marker and added substantial information on the smelter complex and communities across the river.
    — Submitted January 21, 2015.

 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Black Eagle Dam and the Upper Pitch (Black Eagle Falls) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
3. Black Eagle Dam and the Upper Pitch (Black Eagle Falls)
View to northwest from marker location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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