Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Friday, February 09, 2018

Lewis and Clark and the Great Falls of Montana

4, 5 June 2017

As Lewis and Clark moved north and westward searching for the passage to the Pacific Ocean by water, they sought information from the native peoples about routes and obstacles.  They first heard about a great fall on the river that would be a major obstacle to overcome.  This great fall would be found in what is now Great Falls, Montana. The expedition encountered the falls on 13 June 1805. As they explored the area, they found not one but three falls.  These falls would prove to be their greatest challenge on the journey up to that point.

The Great Falls today has been harnessed by man to provide energy and prevent major flooding. You can imagine the anxiety it must have caused Lewis when he first saw it. We visited the falls on a nice sunny day and enjoyed the beauty and power on display.  There is a small knoll with a white pole which is thought to be the place that Lewis studied the falls for possible ways around it.

We then moved to the Lewis and Clark overlook which has a view of the two other falls:  Rainbow and Crooked Falls.

There are numerous accounts of the expedition and the falls.  A few are listed below, if you are interested in some quick summaries.


Happytrails said...

I can't imagine what it was like back then looking at those falls and finding a way around them!! They were definitely courageous men!!!
It is now a very beautiful area!!

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

As we travel, Paul and I always wonder what Lewis and Clark felt when they saw this sight. You photos of the water are fabulous. For some reason, waterfalls and waves bring a peace over me.

Sherry said...

Really wonderful pictures of what remains. I'm sad that we can't see what they saw. How magnificent it must have been.

Bob and Jo said...

Impressive that they somehow got around the Great Falls and then years later the falls were tamed.