Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Commissary of the Plains
Lewis and Clark commented on the numbers of buffalo carcasses they found in the Missouri River near here. Buffalo often died from falls off the eroding river cliffs or from drowning when animals in the rear of the herd pressed the buffalo at the riverís edge into the strong current.
”In this plain were infinitely more Buffaloe than I have ever before witnessed”
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 47° 29.541′ N, 111° 18.405′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Overlook Drive south of 10th Avenue South (Business Interstate 15), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the north side of the parking lot, in Broadwater Overlook Park, overlooking the Missouri River. Marker is in this post office area: Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Falls: Obstacle or Opportunity (here, next to this marker); The Portage Around the Falls (here, next to this marker); Cascade County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); A "great" Set of Falls (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 4.6 miles away); These Springs Have Witnessed... (approx. 4.6 miles away); Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Smallest River Runs Through It (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts. This is the left-most marker of a three-marker exhibit at this location.
Also see . . .
1. Lewis and Clark in Great Falls. Located on the Missouri River near a series of five waterfalls, Great Falls is the largest city in north central Montana. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent nearly a month portaging the falls. Several of the waterfalls may be viewed via the eleven-mile paved, non-motorized River's Edge Trail. It was near Great Falls that Lewis identified the cutthroat trout (Montana's state fish), the western meadowlark (Montana'≠s state bird), and the broadleaf cottonwood. All were new to science. (Submitted on November 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Riverís Edge Trail map. Broadwater Overlook Park is near the south trailhead for the Great Falls River's Edge Trail. This is one of many historical markers to be found along the River's Edge Trail. (Submitted on November 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Animals • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 21 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.