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Three Forks in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Colterís Run

The Second Marker

 

óThe Headwaters of the Missouri 1808 ó

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
1. Colterís Run Marker
Inscription. The Headwaters Region was the setting for the legend of Colterís Run 1808 In the fall of 1808 John Colter and John Potts, both former members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, were trapping on the Jefferson River. Angered by previous encounters with white men, a band of Blackfeet attacked the two trappers. Potts was killed. Colter was stripped and told to run for his life. Heading out across the plains, Colter outdistanced all but one of the pursuers. Nearly exhausted, Colter turned on the Indian, killing him. The trapper continued on to the river, where he hid under a snag. The Blackfeet searched for him but finally gave up at darkness. Colter emerged and headed for the trapperís fort on the Big Horn River, a journey he made in seven days.
 
Location. 45° 53.802′ N, 111° 33.088′ W. Marker is in Three Forks, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (State Highway 2) and Cottonwood Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in a Visitors Information Center, there are multiple markers at this site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 North Main Street, Three Forks MT 59752, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this
Colterís Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
2. Colterís Run Marker
Full view of marker, with map of the event, and drawing of Colter and Potts being captured.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacajawea (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Sacajawea (about 600 feet away); Gallatin City (approx. 1.5 miles away); Missouri River Headwaters (approx. 1.5 miles away); Thomas-Frederick Flour Mill (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Log Cabin (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Colterís Run (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Forks.
 
Additional keywords. Lewis and Clark Expedition
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Colterís Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
3. Colterís Run Marker
The Visitors Information Center, from Cottonwood and Main. The marker is to the far left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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