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

Open Spaces: Room to Roam

July 27, 1806 Encampment

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Open Spaces: Room to Roam Marker
Inscription.  On July 24, while traveling through what is now Billings, Montana, Clark wrote, "for me to mention or give an estimate of the differant Spcies of wild animals on this river particularly Buffalow, Elk Antelopes & Wolves would be incredible. I shall therefore be silent on the Subject further..." But he continued to write about the huge herds they saw as they proceeded down the Yellowstone into the vast grasslands of the Great Plans. This land was in stark contrast to Clark's home in the eastern United States, which was covered by deciduous forest. The great open spaces and huge wildlife populations, estimated in the millions, must have resembled today's great African Serengeti Plain.

The Buffalow and Elk is estonishingly noumerous on the banks of the river on each Side, particularly the Elk which lay on almost every point in large gang and are So jintle that we frequently pass within 20 or 30 paces of them without their being the least alarmd." -- William Clark, July 27, 1806
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management and National Conservation Lands.
 
Topics and series. This historical
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marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsExploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 45° 59.668′ N, 108° 0.106′ W. Marker is near 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. A Good Home (a few steps from this marker); Coal: Black Wave of the Future (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo: Then and Now (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Yellowstone River" Walkway (within shouting distance of this marker); Sign of American Indians (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Canoes, Then and Now (within shouting distance of this marker); Triumph and Torment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark's Canoe Camp on the Yellowstone, Archaeology Study (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Worden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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