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The ExpeditionRoad to the Buffalo
Lewis's Shortcut Mapped - 2
July 8, Dearborn's River
 

July 7, Rocky Mountain Front


Hillsand Hollows
and a Renegade BeaverPass cursor over image to read details.

gainst a backdrop of snow-crowned, nine- to ten-thousand-foot peaks along the Continental Divide, this May-morning view of the Rocky Mountain Front in 2004 possibly appears much like it would have looked in late May or early June 200 years ago, given the fact that in this latitude spring begins about two weeks earlier now than it did then.

Lewis's trip down from the "gap" and then north along the foot of the mountains was comparatively uneventful. He and his men were expecting to encounter bison at any moment, but saw nothing more than "much old appearance of dung, tracks &c." After they pitched camp on a "small run under the foot of the mountain"--possibly Wrangle Creek--"Drewyer killed two beaver and shot third which bit his knee very badly and escaped."

--Joseph Mussulman, 04/05

Funded in part by a grant from the Montana Cultural Trust.

Lewis's Shortcut Mapped - 2
July 8, Dearborn's River


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)