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Worden in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The "Yellowstone River" Walkway

Clark on the Yellowstone River

 

— July 15-August 3, 1806 —

 
The "Yellowstone River" Walkway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. The "Yellowstone River" Walkway Marker
Inscription.  As you walk down the curving sidewalk through the Interpretive Center to the Pillar, notice the narrow strip of concrete that runs near the middle. This represents a map of the Yellowstone River. It runs from the vase of the Bozeman Pass where William Clark first encountered the river, to its confluence with the Missouri River. The interpretive sign where William Clark first encountered the river, to its confluence with the Missouri River. The interpretive sign just behind you is the confluence. The dark bands that cross the walkway indict stops that Clark made as he traveled down the river. Since Clark was traveling downstream and you are walking upstream, you will read the interpretive signs in the reverse order. that Clark experienced the events.
The large sidewalk also represents the Yellowstone River, but at a much larger scale. As the Yellowstone flows from Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Missouri, it changes from a mountain river to a plains river.
The mountain river is swift and contains rapids. The plains river is slower, meanders more, and has many islands. Such a river is often called a braided river
The "Yellowstone River" Walkway Marker, viewed from the back side. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. The "Yellowstone River" Walkway Marker, viewed from the back side.
because of the way it twists and turns around the islands. Pompeys Pillar is near the beginning of the braided portion of the river. The broad sidewalk represents this part of the Yellowstone. The native plant gardens embedded in the walk represent the islands. When you reach the top of the Pillar, you will be able to see several sandbars and islands woven into the actual Yellowstone River.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management and National Conservation Lands.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 45° 59.656′ N, 108° 0.054′ W. Marker is in Worden, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 312 near South 31st Road, on the right when traveling west. This marker is on The "Yellowstone River" Walkway at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3001 Highway 312, Worden MT 59088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Triumph and Torment (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo: Then and Now (a few steps from this marker); Coal: Black Wave of the Future (within shouting distance of this marker); A Good Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Open Spaces: Room to Roam
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Sign of American Indians (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making Canoes, Then and Now (about 500 feet away); Clark's Canoe Camp on the Yellowstone, Archaeology Study (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Worden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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