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

The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway

A shortcut missed

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway Marker
Inscription.  ...we passed the entrance of a considerable river on the Stard side about 80 yds wide being nearly as wide as the Missouri at that place... This handsome bold and clear stream we named in honour of Secretary of war calling it Dearborn's river. – Meriwether Lewis, July 18, 1805

The drainage of the Dearborn River provided a natural roadbed from the crest of the Continental Divide into the Northern Plains for the mountain nomadic India Tribes living west of the divide - this passage way was known to them as the "Road-to-the-Buffalo." It also provided a route from the Missouri River to the rivers on the Pacific side of the divide - thus the potential for a water route across the continent, a primary objective of the Corps of Discovery.
Lewis and Clark had been told of this route while wintering at Fort Mandan in 1804–1805, but were given sketchy details. On the night of July 17, 1805 the party camped downstream very near the present day Dearborn Inn. They failed to recognize the river's importance when they passed the mouth (the rest is lost in the reflection)
 
Marker series.
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway Marker
This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 47° 7.567′ N, 111° 54.386′ W. Marker is near Craig, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on Marshall Lane near Craig Frontage Road. 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. "Cliffs High and Steep" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Michael John MacKinnon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dearborn's River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Continuing the Journey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bighorned Animals (approx. half a mile away); "nearer than the route we Came" (approx. half a mile away); Join the Voyage of Discovery (approx. half a mile away); Remembering Governor Forrest H. Anderson (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Craig.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in a riverside park on the Missouri River.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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