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

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Captions: (upper right) The United States purchased the Louisiana territory -- ore that 83,000 square miles -- from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there. With Jefferson's permission Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer William Clark (left) to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, the worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.; (map, across the bottom) Route of the Expedition (with annotations) (Click on image to enlarge the map.)
Inscription. In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this “Corps of Discovery” to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants. The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago
 
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 44° 59.456′ N, 112° 52.211′ W. Marker is near Dillon, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 324 near Interstate 15, on the left when traveling east. 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 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fortunate Camp (a few steps from this marker); "it was mutually advantageous..."
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 12, 2018
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
The marker is located in front of the shelter.
(a few steps from this marker); Sacajawea (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Montana-Utah Road (approx. 10.2 miles away); Bannack (approx. 11.1 miles away in Idaho); Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's (approx. 11.1 miles away); Nez Perce Camp (approx. 13.3 miles away); a different marker also named Bannack (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dillon.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Camp Fortunate overlook located at the northwest edge of Clark Canyon Reservoir. This marker is also found at several other site along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail,
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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