excerpt from the journals of Captain Meriwether Lewis
I scelected a fat buffaloe and shot him very well
Robert M. Scriver, Sculptor
, through the lungs ... expecting him to fall ...
...a large white, or reather brown bear ... crept on me within 20 steps before I discovered him;... I drew up my gun to shoot, ... but recolected that she was not loaded ... I thought of retreating in a brisk walk ... as he was advancing ... but I had no sooner terned myself about but he pitched at me, open mouthed and full speed, ... the ideas struk me to get into the water to such a depth that I could stand and he would be obliged to swim, and that I should in that situation defend myself with my espontoon; ... the moment I put myself in this attitude of defence he sudonly wheeled about ... (and) declined the combat." (sic) Capt. Lewis - June 14, 1805
This statue, presented to the city of Great Falls, was made possible with the financial assistance provided by the following Montanans; Leo Graybill Jr., Donald Ostrem, G. Robert Crotty Jr., Gregory H. Warner, Turner C. Graybill, Michael G. Barer, Stephen A. Doherty, Dorothy Anderson, Thomas Mather, Harold Poulsen, L.A. Donahue, Thomas Curren, Roy Volk, Robert M. Scriver, Lawrence Rossmiller, Charles Hope.
A Montana Centennial Project dedicated at Great Falls, Montana
July 4, 1989