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Near Browning in Glacier County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Camp Disappointment

 
 
Camp Disappointment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2020
1. Camp Disappointment Marker
Inscription.  The monument on the hill above was erected by the Great Northern Railway in 1925 to commemorate the farthest point north reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806. Captain Meriwether Lewis, with three of his best men, left the main party at the Missouri River and embarked on a side trip to explore the headwaters of the Marias River. He hoped to be able to report to President Jefferson that the headwaters arose north of the 49th parallel, thus extending the boundaries of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase.
The party camped on the Cut Bank River July 22-25, 1806, in a "beautifull and extensive bottom." Deep in the territory of the dreaded Blackfeet, the men were uneasy. Lewis wrote, "game of every discription is extreemly wild which induces me to believe the indians are now , or have been lately, in this neighborhood." Lewis could see from here that the river arose to the west rather than the north, as he had hoped. Disheartened, by his discovery, by the cold, rainy weather, and by the shortage of game, Lewis named this farthest point north Camp Disappointment, the actual site of which is four miles directly north
Camp Disappointment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2020
2. Camp Disappointment Marker
The Camp Disappointment monument is on top of the hill to the left.
of this monument.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 48° 35.747′ N, 112° 47.717′ W. Marker is near Browning, Montana, in Glacier County. Marker is on U.S. 2 near Kipp Lake Road, on the left when traveling east. The marker is about 10 miles east of Browning, MT. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cut Bank MT 59427, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Camp Disappointment (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Agency (approx. 12 miles away); Ghost Ridge (approx. 12.3 miles away); Ration Day (approx. 12.3 miles away); Old Agency Site (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 27 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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