Dillon in Beaverhead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Clark Pocket Compass Monument
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 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. (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 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.