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Near Saltese in Mineral County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Join the Voyage of Discovery

Lewis and Clark in Montana

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
1. Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker
Captions: (background) "White Bears and White Cliffs," by Robert F. Morgan; (lower right) Outline of present-day Montana superimposed over a portion of A Map of Lewis and Clark Track across the western portions of North America by Samuel Lewis, 1814; (upper right) The turtle petroglyph is a rock art image found across Montana. Many Native American tribes recognized the turtle as a symbol of safety and protection.
Inscription. Wherever you are in Montana, you stand in the pathway of Lewis and Clark. Their 1804-1806 expedition was a grand adventure to investigate the people and resources of the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and to seek a navigable passage across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific. Like the French and Spanish who made similar voyages across North America, the Corps of Discovery brought back information that would change life in this land forever.

Nations in Transformation

The 19th century brought turmult to North America. Indian nations, recovering from five waves of smallpox, pushed west as Europeans raced to conquer more territories. Though others has explored, traded and trapped in the Northern Plains, Lewis and Clark were the first to come for military, scientific and economic development reasons. Their expedition defined agendas and relationships that people of the West are still sorting out - between different cultures, and between people of the land.

Montana Legacy: Many Cultures, Many Landmarks

The Corps of Discovery included Indians, French, Euro-Americans, men of mixed European and Indian decent, one black, a woman and a baby. Indian people of many nations fed, guided and helped the Corps with few violent altercations. Montana today
Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2018
2. Join the Voyage of Discovery Marker
This marker is in front of the flagpole.
is a land of many cultures, and its diversity is part of our region's identity.
In what we now call Montana, Lewis and Clark explored 1,900 miles of wilderness, catalogued 63 species of plants and animals new to science, and charted significant geographic features. Seven the these are National Historic Landmarks and Monuments: Pompeys Pillar, the Great Falls Portage, the Three Forks of the Missouri, Lemhi Pass, Lolo Pass, Traveller's Rest, and the Upper Missouri Breaks.
There are still places in Montana where you may see landscape, wildlife and native plants just as the Corps described in their journals: rich, raw and full of possibilities. You can also see evidence of cultural cooperation, conflicts and collisions in values that have defined the West for two centuries.

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Discovery, for all travelers, is a deeply personal and universally human experience. In the larger sense, Montana is continually discovered, its cultures are always transforming, and each of us is explorer, witness and storyteller.
Montana welcomes you to make discoveries of your own in this rich landscape. Please respect private property, help preserve out public lands and abundant wildlife and celebrate with us the mix of people who call Montana home.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 47° 25.149′ N, 115° 37.71′ W. Marker is near Saltese, Montana, in Mineral County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 4, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saltese MT 59867, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Lost World (within shouting distance of this marker); A wonderful Piece of Engineering: The Mullan Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Substation 13 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Life Along the Line (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pluck and Good Fortune (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Battle That Could Not Be Won (approx. 1.6 miles away); When the Mountains Roared (approx. 1.6 miles away); An Unlikely Safe Haven (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saltese.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Dena Mora Rest Area, Eastbound.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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