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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

A "great" Set of Falls

 
 
A "great" Set of Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
1. A "great" Set of Falls Marker
Inscription.  Hidasta informants described a fall of water on the Missouri River near the mountains, so the Captains expected a short portage. Instead of one waterfall, Lewis happened upon a succession of five, and their hope for a short portage faded. Look upriver and see “upper pitch,” now called Black Eagle Falls, the last in the series. The remaining four cascades are downriver - the “sublimely grand” Great Falls is 8 river miles and a 20-minute drive away.

A “great” Challenge
Standing atop a knoll, now called Smelter Hill, just upstream, Lewis determined the south shore offered the shortest, most level portage with the fewest ravine crossings. Following Clark’s survey, the Corps pulled canoes and gear over 18 miles of unforgiving plains.

A “great” But Tamed, Resource
The 360 foot drop in this section of river offered a ready power source for the young community of Great Falls. Five dams now lasso the river and regulate its water levels and current.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location.
Missouri River below the Black Eagle Dam image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
2. Missouri River below the Black Eagle Dam
View upriver (southwest) from
the Interpretive Center Overlook
47° 31.799′ N, 111° 14.127′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Giant Springs Road 0.9 miles north of River Drive North. Marker is located at the overlook of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center; the above directions are to the parking lot of the Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seaman: Companion to the Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army's Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Experiment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mobile Villages (about 500 feet away); One of Many Firsts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Of Special Concern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Giant Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Black Eagle Dam and the Upper Pitch image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
3. Black Eagle Dam and the Upper Pitch
Ryan Dam and the Great Falls image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 12, 2010
4. Ryan Dam and the Great Falls
”8 river miles and a 20-minute drive away”
from the marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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