Thompson Falls in Sanders County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
1770 - 1857
—Pioneer Geographer —
at the stars
Built Salish house near the mouth
of Thompson River 1809
Location. 47° 35.479′ N, 115° 19.517′ W. Marker is in Thompson Falls, Montana, in Sanders County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 200 and Golf Street, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 200. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out on the north side of the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Thompson Falls MT 59873, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saleesh House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ward Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a metal tablet mounted on a large rock & masonry obelisk
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. David Thompson - Map Maker, Explorer and Visionary.
David Thompson (1770-1857) fur trader, astronomer and surveyor, mapped more of North America than anyone else. By horseback, canoe, dog sled and on foot, he travelled some 90,000 kilometres (55,000 miles), equivalent to circling the globe twice. Thompson’s journals, (Submitted on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. David Thompson.
It was his surveying skill and his wilderness experience which made Thompson welcome at the North West Company, the great rival of the Hudson's Bay Company for the fur trade of the Northwest. The wealth of the company allowed him to devote most of the time from 1797 to 1812 to surveying and exploring with only infrequent periods of actually engaging in the fur trade. In 1804 he was made a partner in the company. (Submitted on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. David Thompson.
At the Hudson’s Bay Company, he was valued as a fur trader, but Thompson wanted to explore rather than trade. He left the HBC and joined the rival North West Company where he spent the next 15 years exploring. In all, he spent 27 years mapping the west. “The age of guessing is passed away,” he wrote. Thompson predicted the changes that would come to the west, that it would become farmland and Aboriginal peoples would be pushed from their land. As the one who mapped it, he was aware that he was contributing to that future. (Submitted on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.