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

A Montana Crossroads

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. A Montana Crossroads Marker
Inscription.  The Missouri River once flowed northeasterly through this valley to Hudson Bay. During the Bull Lake Ice Age, an ice dam near Loma diverted the river into its current channel. This channel began filling with glacial sediment, preventing the river from returning to its original course when the dam finally broke about 70,000 to 130,000 years ago. Several sections of the highway between Loma and Havre follow Big Sandy Creek, which is located in the old river channel.
From this point there is also a panoramic view of the drainages of three major Montana river systems.: The Teton, Marias, and Missouri. To the southwest, the Teton and Marias Rivers merge near Loma before joining the Missouri River about a mile downstream. In the background are the Bear's Paw Mountains to the east, Square Butte and Round Butte to the southeast, the Highwood Mountains toward the south, and the Little Belt Mountains in the southwest.
Because of the geography, this area was the crossroads for many events important to Montana history. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through here in 1805. They were followed by fur traders, the steamboat, the Great Northern
A Montana Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. A Montana Crossroads Marker
Note the observation platform in the background.
Railway and the homesteaders.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 47° 58.336′ N, 110° 29.934′ W. Marker is near Loma, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on U.S. 87 near Colony Bay Road, 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 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Decision at the Marias (approx. 0.2 miles away); Exploring the North Fork (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Manitoba Railroad (approx. 3.1 miles away); Marias River (approx. 3.1 miles away); Victims of Blood Indians Massacre (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Benton (approx. 12.6 miles away); Fort Benton and the Mullan Road (approx. 12.6 miles away); 1806 Lewis' Return (approx. 12.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loma.
 
More about this marker. Nothing but farm and ranch roads out here.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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