Lewis and Clark Trail

Lewis and Clark Trail (HM2NE4)

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N 47° 59.948', W 104° 2.576'

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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were among the first to recognize the suitability of this site for a trading post. Their expedition (1804-1806) passed through this area on its way to the Pacific Coast.
The explorers noted that the riverbank here had a gavel base, and was situated well above the flood level. Cottonwood and ash were readily available for construction. The site provided a broad vista which would prevent approaching Indians from being concealed Indians on their trading migrations would also be able to see an outpost from a great distance.
On the return leg of the journey, Lewis extensively surveyed and charted this site and the land near the junction of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. Today, Fort Union is a designated stop on the Lewis and Clark National Trail.
HM NumberHM2NE4
Placed ByNational Park Service, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
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Date Added Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 571393 N 5316647
Decimal Degrees47.99913333, -104.04293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 59.948', W 104° 2.576'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 59' 56.88" N, 104° 2' 34.56" W
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