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Near Grant in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Beginning of the “Endless Missouri”

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
1. The Beginning of the "Endless Missouri" Marker
Inscription. "two miles below McNeal had exultingly stood with a foot of each side of this little rivulet and thanked his god that he had lived to bestride the mighty & heretofore deemed endless Missouri." - Meriwether Lewis, August 12, 1805

Hugh McNeal stood over Trail Creek, about two and a half miles downstream from here. This little stream is just one of hundreds of small tributaries that flow into the Missouri River.
After many months of laboring to pole, paddle, and drag the heavy boats of the Lewis and Clark Expedition upstream against strong currents of the Missouri, McNeal was finally able to straddle that great river near here.

Have you traveled a long way to reach the beginnings of the Missouri River."
You are invited to "bestride" the Mighty Missouri.
PLEASE STAY ON THE ROCKS!
Protect the plants along the streambanks.

 
Erected by Beaverhead-Deerlodge & Salmon-Chaillis National Forest.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 44° 58.248′ N, 113° 26.621′ W. Marker is near Grant, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker can be reached from Lemhi Pass Road near Forest Road
The Beginning of the "Endless Missouri" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
2. The Beginning of the "Endless Missouri" Marker
158, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dillon MT 59725, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Most Distant Fountain" of the Mighty Missouri (here, next to this marker); Sacajawea Memorial Area (within shouting distance of this marker in Idaho); Sacajawea (Memorial Area) (within shouting distance of this marker in Idaho); Crossing the Great Divide (approx. 0.3 miles away in Idaho); From Route ... To Road (approx. 0.3 miles away in Idaho); Lemhi Pass (approx. 0.6 miles away in Idaho); Agency Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away in Idaho); A Communication Across the Continent by Water (approx. mile away in Idaho).
 
More about this marker. This marker is at the Sacajawea Memorial Area on the Lewis and Clark National Back Country Byway and Adventure Road. The Byway is a 36 mile loop from Tendoy, Idaho to Lemhi Pass and back to Tendoy over gravel roads with a 4000 foot gain and loss in elevation. There are 10 designated stops with pullouts on the Byway and over two dozen information panels and markers on route. Estimated travel time is about 3 hours.
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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