We decided to re-visit Fort Benton today. Our last visit was in 2013. Fort Benton is considered the birthplace of Montana and was founded in 1846 by the American Fur Company at the head of navigation on the Missouri River and the premier trading post of the Blackfoot. It is located along the Lewis and Clark ,Nez Perce trails and is the terminus for the 642 mile Mullan Wagon Road. The discovery of gold brought countless fortune seekers, outlaws, madams and merchants. You can refer to my blog entry from 26 September 2013 for photos.
On our way back we drove off road to the site of Decision Point near the town of Loma. This is located at the confluence of the Marias and Missouri Rivers. It was here that Lewis & Clark were faced with a very difficult decision wondering which river would take them to the Rocky Mountains and fulfill their mission of finding the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. After much pondering, it was decided that Clark would take a group up the Missouri and Lewis a group up the Marias. After 55 miles, Clark was convinced he was on the right river. Lewis had a more difficult journey making it back 2 days later. The Marias River at that time was much larger.
|Confluence of Marias and Missouri|