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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sacajawea Island

 
 
Sacajawea Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. Sacajawea Island Marker
Inscription.  On July 3, 1984 this island was named in honor of Sacajawea, the Shoshoni Indian girl who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition from the Mandan villages to the Pacific Coast.

Sacajawea was born about 1788 in southwest Montana, At 12 years old she was taken from her home by the Minnetaree Indians and take to their Mandan villages near Bismark, North Dakota. It was from these Mandan villages that she and her French husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, joined the expedition in 1805. She was 16 years old with an infant son, Pomp, when she began her trek that would lead her into history.

As a member of the expedition she proved invaluable to Lewis and Clark, and their company. She interpreted, secured horses, procured native plants and identified certain land marks. Her presence, with her infant son, helped enhance a feeling of peacefulness to the expedition and testimony to her contributions are found throughout the journals of Lewis and Clark. (In the summer of 1805 the Lewis and Clark expedition spent about a month in this vicinity,)
 
Erected by Indian People of Great Falls.
 
Marker series.
Sacajawea Island (the treeline) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. Sacajawea Island (the treeline) and Marker
This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 47° 30.889′ N, 111° 18.068′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on River Drive North near 6th Street North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 558 River Road North, Great Falls MT 59401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 315 Fourth Avenue North (approx. 0.3 miles away); Terrill Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away); Northside Residential Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Toole Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boyd House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abe and Carrie Kaufman Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); 305 Third Avenue North (approx. 0.4 miles away); A.W. Kingsbury House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
More about this marker. This marker is in Gibson Park near the tennis courts.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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