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

Missouri River Headwaters

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
1. Missouri River Headwaters Marker
Inscription. Approx.. 2 miles north on the Trident Road (#286) is the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers. A mile further downstream you can view the Gallatin River merging to form the headwaters of the Missouri River, the longest U.S. river. (approx.. 2500 miles) In 1804 at the bidding of President Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and several men came up the Missouri River from St. Louis, Missouri. In Mandan (now North Dakota) a young Shoshone girl named Sacajawea, her husband Charbonneau, and baby Pomp joined the group. The expedition continued following the Missouri River and arrived at the headwaters of the Missouri River July 1805. For many years Indian tribes travelled through the Missouri headwaters and the Gallatin valley to and from buffalo hunts. The chert (fine grained quartz crystals) mine located across the Missouri River at the mouth of the Gallatin River was used by Indians for making arrows, tools, and trading with other tribes.
 
Erected 2002 by The Montana Cultural Trust The Gallatin County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 54.065′ N, 111° 31.256′ W. Marker is near Three Forks, Montana
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
2. Missouri River Headwaters Marker
, in Gallatin County. Marker is on Frontage Road (County Route 205), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the Frontage Road, at exit 278 on I-90 just east of the Madison River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 743 Frontage Road, Three Forks MT 59752, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gallatin City (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Park (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Colterís Run (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Sacajawea (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Sacajawea (approx. 1.6 miles away); Thomas-Frederick Flour Mill (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Log Cabin (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Colterís Run (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Forks.
 
Additional keywords. Lewis and Clark Expedition
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Missouri River Headwaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
3. Missouri River Headwaters Marker
two markers at this site
Missouri River Headwaters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 14, 2016
4. Missouri River Headwaters Marker
the Madison River, I-90 in the background. Town of Three Forks is beyond, out of sight.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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