Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Portage Around the Falls
”…the men has to haul with all their Strength Wate & art, catching grass & knobes and Stones with their hands to give them more force in drawing on the Canoes & Loads, at every halt, those not employed in repairing the Course, are asleep in a moment… but no man Complains all go cheerfully on…”
June 23, 1805
The Indians told Lewis and Clark about a waterfall on the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark assumed that it would only require a half day portage. But Lewis discovered there were actually five waterfalls. The Corps labored for 11 days to make the 18 mile portage from Belt Creek (east of the city) to the White Bear Islands where they re-entered the Missouri.
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 47° 29.544′ N, 111° 18.404′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Overlook Drive south of 10th Avenue South (Business Interstate 15), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the north side of the parking lot, in Broadwater Overlook Park,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Falls: Obstacle or Opportunity (here, next to this marker); Commissary of the Plains (here, next to this marker); Cascade County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); A "great" Set of Falls (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 4.6 miles away); These Springs Have Witnessed... (approx. 4.6 miles away); Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Smallest River Runs Through It (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts. This is the right-most marker of a three-marker exhibit at this location.
Also see . . .
1. Portage around the Great Falls of the Missouri, Montana. If the trek from St. Louis to the Mandan villages, against the current was difficult for Lewis and Clark, the portage around the Great Falls of the Missouri was next to impossible. The Great Falls are a stretch of the Missouri River where the channel drops (Submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. River’s Edge Trail map. Broadwater Overlook Park is near the south trailhead for the Great Falls River's Edge Trail. This is one of many historical markers to be found along the River's Edge Trail. (Submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.