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Loma in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Marias River

 
 
Marias River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Marias River Marker
Inscription.  The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at the mouth of the river just east of here June 3, 1805. The Piegan people called it "The River that Scolds at all Others," but Lewis named it Maria's River in honor of his cousin, Miss Maria Wood (over time the apostrophe was dropped). Until exploration proved otherwise, most members of the party believed this river to be the main channel of the Missouri. On his return trip from the coast in 1806 Capt. Lewis explored the Marias almost to its source.
In the fall of 1831 James Kipp, of the American Fur Co. built Fort Piegan at the mouth of the river, as a trading post for the Blackfeet Indians, and acquired 2,400 beaver "plews" or skins by trade during the post's first 10 days. In 1832 the company abandoned the post and the Indians burned it to the ground. The company built Fort MacKenzie about six miles up the Missouri River in 1833. The fort closed in 1844 after post factors Francis Chardon and Alexander Harvey killed several Blackfeet and wounded many more who had come to the post to trade.
 
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationForts and CastlesIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 3, 1805.
 
Location. 47° 55.734′ N, 110° 30.829′ W. Marker is in Loma, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on U.S. 87 near Lower Marias/Loma Ferry Roads, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loma MT 59460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Manitoba Railroad (here, next to this marker); Victims of Blood Indian Massacre (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Decision Point (approx. ¾ mile away); Ophir (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Piegan (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Decision Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Montana Crossroads (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loma.
 
Also see . . .  Marias River Camp - Fort Wiki. The exact location of the camp and the cache site is not known (or
Marias River Marker, on left image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. Marias River Marker, on left
disclosed). There is an interpretive area at the distinctive Decision Point hill. Interpretive panels are located at the base of the hill and at the top of the hill. The panels cover both the Lewis & Clark period and the later Fort Piegan period. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
 
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