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Near Sula in Ravalli County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Join the Voyage of Discovery

Lewis and Clark in Montana

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
1. Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker
Captions: (background) "White Bears and White Cliffs," by Robert F. Morgan; (lower right) Outline of present-day Montana superimposed over a portion of A Map of Lewis and Clark Track across the western portions of North America by Samuel Lewis, 1814; (upper right) The turtle petroglyph is a rock art image found across Montana. Many Native American tribes recognized the turtle as a symbol of safety and protection.
Inscription.  Wherever you are in Montana, you stand in the pathway of Lewis and Clark. Their 1804-1806 expedition was a grand adventure: to investigate the people and resources of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and to seek a navigable passage across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific. Like the French and Spanish who made similar voyages across North America, the Corps of Discovery brought back information that would change life in this land forever.

Nations in Transformation

The 19th century brought tumult to North America. Indian nations, recovering from five waves of smallpox, pushed west as Europeans raced to conquer more territories. Though others had explored, traded and trapped in the Northern Plains, Lewis and Clark were the first to come for military, scientific and economic development reasons. Their expedition defined agendas and relationships that people of the West are still sorting out - between different cultures, and between people and the lands.

Montana Legacy: many cultures, many landmarks

The Corps of Discovery included Indians,
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French, Euro-Americans, men of mixed European and Indian descent, one black, a woman and a baby. Indian people of many nations fed, guided and helped the Corps with few violent altercations. Montana today is a land of many cultures, and its diversity is part of our regionís identity.
In what we now call Montana, Lewis and Clark explored 1,900 miles of wilderness, catalogued 63 species of plants and animals new to science, and charted significant geographic features. Seven of these are National Historic Landmarks and Monuments: Pompeys Pillar, the Great Falls Portage, the Three Forks of the Missouri, Lemhi Pass, Lolo Pass, Travellerís Rest and the Upper Missouri Breaks.
There are still places in Montana where you may see the landscape, wildlife and native plants just as the Corps described in their journals: rich, raw and full of possibilities. You can also see evidence of cultural cooperation conflicts and collisions in values that have defined the West for two centuries.

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Discovery, for all travelers, is a deeply personal and universally human experience. In the larger sense, Montana is continually discovered, its cultures are always transforming, and each of us is explorer, witness and storyteller.
Montana welcomes you to make discoveries of your own in this rich landscape. Please respect private property,
Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
2. Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker
This marker is at the far right.
help preserve our public lands and abundant wildlife, and celebrate with us the mix of people who call Montana home.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationMilitary. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 45° 50.172′ N, 113° 58.764′ W. Marker is near Sula, Montana, in Ravalli County. Marker is on U.S. 93 near East Fork Road (State Highway 472), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7060 US Highway 93, Sula MT 59871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Clearing (here, next to this marker); Survival (a few steps from this marker); Mountains on the Move (a few steps from this marker); First Impressions (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross' Hole (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark at Ross' Hole (about 400 feet away); Big Horn Sheep Conservation (approx. 2.3 miles away); Salmon River Scenic Byway (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sula.
 
More about this marker. This marker is duplicated at several locations
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in Montana along the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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