Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
A “great” Set of Falls
A “great” Challenge
Standing atop a knoll, now called Smelter Hill, just upstream, Lewis determined the south shore offered the shortest, most level portage with the fewest ravine crossings. Following Clark’s survey, the Corps pulled canoes and gear over 18 miles of unforgiving plains.
A “great” But Tamed, Resource
The 360 foot drop in this section of river offered a ready power source for the young community of Great Falls. Five dams now lasso the river and regulate its water levels and current.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 47° 31.799′ N, 111° 14.127′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Touch for map. Marker is located at the overlook of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center; the above directions are to the parking lot of the Interpretive Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Smallest River Runs Through It (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cascade County Courthouse (approx. 3.4 miles away); Formation of the Gorge and Falls (approx. 6 miles away).
Categories. • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.