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Near Craig in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Bighorned Animals

 
 
Bighorned Animals Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. Bighorned Animals Marker
Inscription.  "previous to our departure saw a large herd of the Bighorned anamals on the immencely high and nearly perpendicular clift opposite to us; on the face of this clift they walked about and bounded from rock to rock with apparent unconcern where it appared to me that no quadruped could have stood." (sic) Captain Meriwether Lewis, July 18, 1805

As the Corps of Discovery was preparing to leave this area, Captain Meriwether Lewis made an observation of the resident bighorn sheep. He was astounded at how they traversed on a narrow ledge but did not fall.
Bighorn Sheep are still in the area and you may observe one on the cliffs. Bighorn Sheep were new to Lewis and Clark. The captains took time to record these "new" animals in their journals.
 
Erected by Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsExploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 18, 1805.
 
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7.946′ N, 111° 54.093′ W. Marker is near Craig, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on Interstate 15 at milepost 240 near Bald Eagle Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wolf Creek MT 59648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "nearer than the route we Came" (here, next to this marker); Join the Voyage of Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Continuing the Journey (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dearborn's River (about 600 feet away); Michael John MacKinnon (about 600 feet away); "Cliffs High and Steep" (about 600 feet away); The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway (approx. half a mile away); Remembering Governor Forrest H. Anderson (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Craig.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Southbound Dearborn Rest Area on Interstate 15.
 
Bighorned Animals Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. Bighorned Animals Marker
Marker on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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