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

Clark Pocket Compass Monument

 
 
Clark Pocket Compass Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
1. Clark Pocket Compass Monument Marker
Inscription.  This monument design is taken from the small pocket compass carried by William Clark on the expedition. Clark’s compass was made by Thomas Whitney in Philadelphia.

Fortunate Chapter of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
2004
Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

 
Erected 2004 by Camp Fortunate Chapter, National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 14.072′ N, 112° 38.006′ W. Marker is in Dillon, Montana, in Beaverhead County. Marker can be reached from Clarks Lookout Road west of State Highway 91. Touch for map. Marker and monument are located in Clark's Lookout State Park, along the walking trail, near the hilltop summit, about 1/10 mile south of the parking lot and trailhead. 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. William Clark (about 300 feet away, measured
Clark Pocket Compass Marker & Monument (<i>wide view looking southwest; marker on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
2. Clark Pocket Compass Marker & Monument (wide view looking southwest; marker on left)
in a direct line); Reliable Landmarks (about 300 feet away); Mapping the Way (about 300 feet away); Distant Features (about 300 feet away); Old Trail to the Gold Diggin's (approx. 9.3 miles away); Bannack (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a short, polished and engraved stone, located beside the subject monument. The monument is a large, engraved, flat circular stone, representing the face of Clark's pocket compass, and embedded in the ground near the hilltop.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Clark's Lookout State Park
 
Also see . . .  Lewis and Clark Expedition Pocket Compass. (This link presents a detailed photograph of the compass upon which this monument is modeled.) In the spring of 1803, Meriwether Lewis began to purchase scientific and mathematical instruments for a pending expedition into the northwestern region of North America. Among the items he purchased from Philadelphia instrument maker Thomas Whitney were three pocket compasses for $2.50 each, and this silver-plated pocket compass for $5. It has a mahogany box, a silver-plated brass rim that is graduated to degrees and numbered in quadrants from north and south, a paper dial, two small brass sight vanes, and a leather carrying case. By the time they returned to St. Louis in September 1806, few of the instruments that were purchased for the trip had survived the journey. The pocket compass, however, was kept by Clark as a memento.
Clark Pocket Compass Monument (<i>wide view looking southwest across the monument</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
3. Clark Pocket Compass Monument (wide view looking southwest across the monument)
He later gave the compass to his friend, Capt. Robert A. McCabe, whose heirs donated it in 1933 to the Smithsonian Institution. (Submitted on January 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Clark Pocket Compass Monument (<i>represents Clark's 1804 silver-plated pocket compass</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
4. Clark Pocket Compass Monument (represents Clark's 1804 silver-plated pocket compass)
Clark's Lookout State Park (<i>trail leading up to lookout point on hilltop</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
5. Clark's Lookout State Park (trail leading up to lookout point on hilltop)
Clark's Lookout State Park Sign (<i>turn right to access trailhead to monument</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2016
6. Clark's Lookout State Park Sign (turn right to access trailhead to monument)
 

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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 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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