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

Coal: Black Wave of the Future

July 29, 1806 Encampment

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Coal: Black Wave of the Future Marker
Inscription.  President Jefferson told Lewis to record mineral resources of every kind; but more particularly metals, limestone, pit coal, & saltpeter. At that time, Jefferson considered coal the basic natural resource of the future. Today, eastern Montana has one of the largest coal reserves in the country and has been able to establish a relatively modest, but stable, coal industry that has survived for a number of years. Watch for its black seams as you travel along the Yellowstone River.

"below this river on the Stard Side (right side) at a few Miles from the Rochejhone the hills are high and ruged Containing Coal in great quantities. - William Clark, July 29, 1806
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management and National Conservation Lands.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 45° 59.661′ N, 108° 0.086′ W. Marker is near Worden, Montana, in Yellowstone
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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. A Good Home (a few steps from this marker); Buffalo: Then and Now (a few steps from this marker); Open Spaces: Room to Roam (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Yellowstone River" Walkway (within shouting distance of this marker); Triumph and Torment (within shouting distance of this marker); Sign of American Indians (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making Canoes, Then and Now (about 300 feet away); Clark's Canoe Camp on the Yellowstone, Archaeology Study (about 400 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 49 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
 
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Mar. 6, 2021