The Jefferson Valley

The Jefferson Valley (HM27BJ)

Location: Twin Bridges, MT 59754 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 35.733', W 112° 19.043'

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In, early August, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, westward bound, came up the Jefferson River and passed through this area. The valley was an ancient travel corridor; Lewis noted the presence of an "old Indian road" near the Big Hole River. The further south up the Jefferson the expedition traveled, the more treacherous the river became. The men were forced to pull the canoes upriver with ropes, tripping over slippery rocks and bruising their feet. By the time they reached this point, their feet were so badly swollen they could hardly walk. In addition, Captain Clark hobbled along with a painful infected leg and George Drouillard was injured after taking a fall down a steep bluff. The Corps was also increasingly preoccupied about contacting the Shoshone and obtaining much-needed horses. On August 4th, they reached the forks of the Ruby and Beaverhead rivers. After little debate, Captain Lewis chose the Beaverhead River as their route and proceeded on toward the main range of the Rocky Mountains. They finally met the Shoshone a week later about 50 miles south of here on the Red Rock River.
HM NumberHM27BJ
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
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Date Added Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 397251 N 5049955
Decimal Degrees45.59555000, -112.31738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 35.733', W 112° 19.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 35' 43.98" N, 112° 19' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)406
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4603 MT-41, Twin Bridges MT 59754, US
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