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Near Three Forks in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Colterís Run

 
 
Colterís Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
1. Colterís Run Marker
Inscription. One of Montanaís most amazing historical events occurred near here in 1809. In September of that year, John Colter and John Potts, former Lewis and Clark Expedition members, were trapping beaver on the Jefferson River near the headwaters when a band of Blackfeet Indians captured Colter and killed Potts. The Blackfeet gave Colter a chance to escape and provide themselves with a little entertainment. They stripped him, gave him a head start, and ordered him to run across the prickly pear cactus- covered flat east of the river. With the Indians hot on his heels, Colter undoubtedly made an all-time record that day for both sprints and long distance events. He outran the Indians over a six mile course and gained the cover of timber along the Madison River. Once in the stream he may have hidden either under a driftwood jam or in a beaver lodge. The hide-out saved him from the disappointed and mystified Indians. When night came Colter left his refuge and headed east, naked and weaponless. Over a week later, he reappeared, sunburned, emaciated, and with swollen feet, at the Missouri Fur Company trading post, Fort Raymond, at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Big Horn Rivers, more than 200 miles east of here. Colterís Run has inspired novels and motion pictures. Local businesses sponsor an annual Colter-inspired marathon
Colterís Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
2. Colterís Run Marker
Full view of marker
run without nudity and the prospect of being killed by the Blackfeet.
 
Location. 45° 55.206′ N, 111° 29.946′ W. Marker is near Three Forks, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on Trident Road (Montana Route 296), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in parking lot of the access to the Headwaters of the Missouri picnic area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1585 Trident Road, Three Forks MT 59752, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gallatin City Hotel - 1868 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jeffersonís Instructions to Lewis and Clark (approx. half a mile away); The Naming of a River (approx. half a mile away); Lewis and Clark reach the Headwaters (approx. half a mile away); Missouri River Headwaters (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gallatin City (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Colterís Run (approx. 3 miles away); Veterans Park (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Three Forks.
 
Additional keywords. Lewis and Clark Expedition
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Colterís Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
3. Colterís Run Marker
marker can be seen at a distance; the headwaters of the Missouri is in the tree line to the west, beyond the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 2, 2016.
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