South of the Border, "The Lewis and Clark Overlook, the Marias River and the 'broken Mountains'"
July 17, 2019
Column No. 22
Columnist's note: The Corps of Discovery never reached the Sweet Grass Hills. But Captain Meriwether Lewis explored much of the Marias River in southern Liberty County and recorded observations about the Sweet Grass Hills. During the expedition's westward trip in 1805 and the return trip in 1806, Captain Lewis' explorations along the river helped answer critical questions during the trip. Lewis himself named the river in June, 1805, in honor of a cousin, Maria Wood.
Understanding the source of the Marias River allowed the Corps to choose the correct river route at Decision Po...