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South of the Border, "The Lewis and Clark Overlook, the Marias River and the 'broken Mountains'"


July 17, 2019

This photo is looking north from the Lewis and Clark Overlook near Tiber Dam. The view is much like Captain Meriwether Lewis saw (without the gravel road) in June, 1805 when he named the Hills "the broken Mountains." Lewis called Gold or Middle Butte (arrow) "tower Mountain" for its conical shape. Also visible from the Overlook on a clear day are the Bear Paws, the Highwoods, some of the Belts, Square Butte, part of the Rocky Mountain Front and the Marias River below.

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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...

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