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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center-Great Falls,MT

25 September 2013

Still rainy and cold so decided to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls. The Center is located on the Missouri River and features a very extensive history exhibit of the exhibition from Camp Dubois in Illinois to Fort Clatsop in OR.
Welcome to Center

 This is the most informative we have seen and commend the museum. You feel as if you are traveling with them, taking in the history and experiences.

The center does an excellent job of educating the interaction between the exhibition and Native Americans and in viewing the exhibits you wonder how they were able to complete the journey given the many hardships. The Indians were instrumental in the success of the exhibition. The theatre presents movies and lectures about the exhibition. This is a great education experience.

Painted Buffalo Art Display

Buffalo Skin Being Dried

Mandan Indian Dress

Beaver Rock That Sacagewea Recognized as her Shoshone Home

Tepee Display

Bullboat

Ceremonial Robe given to Jefferson


In 1805 the portage on the Missouri through Great Falls was brutal and ardous coming in contact with bears, flash floods and hail storms. They dragged and pulled six canoes and equipment over 18 miles of prairie to bypass the 5 waterfalls and this took 3 weeks to complete the portage. They had only anticipated one waterfall. This delay gave the hunters in the party time to prepare food for the continuing journey as game would be scarce when they reached the mountains.
Dragging the Portage Canoe

Hollowed From Cottonwood Tree

Guiding the Canoe


I don't think this journey could be duplicated today.

I definitely recommend this Center when in Great Falls.

We are watching the weather for our departure to Missoula on Friday. Snow is predicted in the mountains and we have to travel over the MacDonald Pass from Helena.

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