"nearer than the route we Came"

"nearer than the route we Came" (HM2MF7)

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N 47° 7.946', W 111° 54.093'

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"To pass across the Traveler's Rest Creek to the Missouri at the Mouth of the Dearbourn's River is 400 miles nearer that the route we Came..." Captain William Clark, Written at Fort Clatsop

As the Corps of Discovery wintered with the Mandan Indians they were told of a river that would provide a "shortcut" to the Pacific Ocean. Captain Lewis found the river, but as a military man on a military mission, Lewis followed his commander in chief President Jefferson's orders to explore the Missouri and its source.
The river that would have saved the expedition time is today known as the Dearborn River, named by Lewis and Clark after President Jefferson's secretary of war. The river was used by the Indians as a pathway to the Continental Divide. Today, the river is a border between the Lewis & Clark and Cascade counties.
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HM NumberHM2MF7
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Placed ByLewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
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Date Added Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 431628 N 5220275
Decimal Degrees47.13243333, -111.90155000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 7.946', W 111° 54.093'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 7' 56.76" N, 111° 54' 5.5800000000002" W
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