Dillon in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
His three maps of the Western United States were produced from sketches made during the expedition. He completed detailed maps during the winters of 1804 and 1805 in Fort Mandan and between 1805 and 1806 in Fort Clatsop. The third map was finished in St. Louis between 1809 and 1810. Clark had an extraordinary ability to illustrate the landscapes he observed onto a one-dimensional map as well as a natural instinct to determine the course of rivers beyond his sight. Clark's maps accurately showed the west as having multiple mountain ranges, rather than a single range, as was commonly believed at the time.
His brother George Rogers Clark recommended him to Thomas Jefferson after turning down Jefferson's offer to lead the expedition. Jefferson then recruited Meriwether Lewis. Lewis had served under Clark in the military, after which the two men became friends. Lewis offered Clark the opportunity to join the Corps. Clark responded to Lewis accepting the offer.
I will cheerfully join you in an “official Carrector” as mentioned in your letter and partake of the dangers, difficulties and fatigues and I anticipate the honers
—July 18, 1803
An experienced woodsman, military commander and surveyor with an outgoing and even temperament, Clark complemented Lewis’s skills and traits to provide a strong shared leadership of the Corps.
Erected by Montana State Parks.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 45° 14.114′ N, 112° 37.982′ W. Marker is in Dillon, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker is on Clarks Lookout Road west of State Highway 91, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Clark's Lookout State Park, at the trailhead on the west side of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Clarks Lookout Road, Dillon MT 59725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reliable Landmarks (here, next to this marker); Mapping the Way (here, next to this marker); Distant Features (here, next to this marker); Clark Pocket Compass Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's (approx. 9.4 miles away); Bannack (approx. 9.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large, framed composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Clark's Lookout State Park
Also see . . . Clark was an excellent mapmaker. What made Clark so marvelous as a cartographer, even though his maps look to us today to be a bit crude, was that he had an incredible instinct and feel for the landscape. You see a beauty (Submitted on January 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.