Near Cameron in Madison County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
A Tough Business
The low gap in the mountains on the skyline south of here is Raynold's Pass over the Continental Divide.
Jim Bridger, famous trapper and scout, guided an expedition of scientists through the pass in June of 1860. The party was led by Captain William F. Raynolds of the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. They came through from the south and camped that night on the Madison River a few miles south of here. Captain Raynolds wrote "The pass is ... so level that it is difficult to located the exact point at which the waters divide. I named it Low Pass and deem it to be one of the most remarkable and important features of the topography of the Rocky Mountains.
Jim Bridger didn't savvy road maps or air route beacons but he sure knew his way around.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Location. 44° 54.129′ N, 111° 35.6′ W. Marker is near Cameron, Montana, in Madison County. Marker is on Forest Road 209 near U.S. 287. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cameron MT 59720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Motoring Through Paradise: The Vigilante Trail (here, next to this marker); Earthquakes! (a few steps from this marker); The Seismic Shake that Shaped this Lake (approx. 10.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Raynolds Pass Rest Area.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.