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Glendive in Dawson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

The Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. The Yellowstone River Marker
Inscription.  Interstate 90 (sic) generally follows the Yellowstone River from Glendive to Livingston, Montana. This river originates south of Yellowstone National Park and terminates when it joins the Missouri River north of here. It is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. When the West was won, most rivers were lost to damming and dewatering. This river is the exception' it remains wet, wild and dam-free over its entire length. The Yellowstone flows free for over 650 miles, draining a watershed greater in area than all the New England states combined.
In the 1970s Montana's held a great debate over this mighty river's future. When the dust settled, the state reserved a substantial amount of water to remain in stream so that the Yellowstone might never be depleted and might forever remain free-flowing.
Other uses of the river - municipal, agricultural and industrial - are also provided for. Today, this waterway is a balance with all its users, including nature's creatures. Few American rivers can still make that claim.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical
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marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 46° 53.91′ N, 105° 1.197′ W. Marker is in Glendive, Montana, in Dawson County. Marker is on Bad Route Road (Road 235) near Interstate 94, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located at the Bad Route Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glendive MT 59330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Red-Capped Hills of Eastern Montana (within shouting distance of this marker).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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