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Paradise in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Coursing Through Miles Of Montana

Clark Fork Corridor: The River

 
 
Coursing Through Miles Of Montana Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
1. Coursing Through Miles Of Montana Marker
Inscription.  More than 240 miles (456 km) east of here, Silver Bow Creek tumbles west from the Continental Divide above Butte, Montana. Thus begins the Clark Fork River, which drains more than 22,000 square miles of western Montana before it flows into Idaho. Shortly before leaving Montana, its average discharge is greater than any other of Montana's rivers. Eventually these waters join the mighty Columbia River that drains much of the Pacific Northwest.

The Clark Fork is harnessed to generate electricity by four dams located at Milltown, Thompson Falls, Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge.

How Does It Look?
The Salish people had different names for different places along this river to reflect its changing character and terrain. Do you think “Shining Water” fits this stretch?

Where Does It Go?
Trappers and fur traders referred to this waterway as the Missoula River because they floated it from that upriver city to the trading post at Thompson Falls.

Who's Been Here Before?
Today the official name of the river is the Clark's Fork of the Columbia, but it is usually called
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the Clark Fork. It is named for William Clark, who explored the western United States in 1805 and 1806 with Meriwether Lewis.
 
Erected by Lolo National Forest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
 
Location. 47° 20.283′ N, 114° 46.745′ W. Marker is in Paradise, Montana, in Sanders County. Marker is on State Highway 135, 1.2 miles south of State Highway 200, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise MT 59856, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Searching For Fur And A Finer Life (a few steps from this marker); Wildlife Thrive In Corridor Year Round (within shouting distance of this marker); Phantom Formation Is Rock Solid In Corridor (approx. 1.9 miles away); Native People Sustained Through Many Millennia (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Earth's Blood Flows Past You (approx. 1.9 miles away); Wild Horse Plains (approx. 9.4 miles away); Gideon Bibles (approx. 11 miles away); Superior School (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paradise.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lolo National Forest. (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
The Clark Fork (facing south) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 22, 2011
2. The Clark Fork (facing south)

2. Clark Fork (river). Wikipedia (Submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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