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Indian Fort

Colstrip, Montana

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William Clark could not have foreseen what 20th-century entrepreneurs would make of the low-grade lignite coal he saw in the banks of the Yellowstone River, evidence of the massive Paleocene Fort Union Formation. Colstrip, Montana, pictured above, is a company town at a strip-mine and coal-fired electricity generating plant located thirty miles south of the Yellowstone River.

--Joseph Mussulman

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Indian Fort

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)