Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
A “great” Set of Falls
A “great” Challenge
Standing atop a knoll, now called Smelter Hill, just upstream, Lewis determined the south shore offered the shortest, most level portage with the fewest ravine crossings. Following Clark’s survey, the Corps pulled canoes and gear over 18 miles of unforgiving plains.
A “great” But Tamed, Resource
The 360 foot drop in this section of river offered a ready power source for the young community of Great Falls. Five dams now lasso the river and regulate its water levels and current.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 47° 31.799′ N, 111° 14.127′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is located at the overlook of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center; the above directions are to the parking lot of the Interpretive Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 0.4 miles away); These Springs Have Witnessed... (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Smallest River Runs Through It (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cascade County Courthouse (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Portage Around the Falls (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Falls: Obstacle or Opportunity (approx. 4.2 miles away); Commissary of the Plains (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
Categories. • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.