To the HeadwatersAn abundance of beaver encouraged Corps of Discovery members John Colter and John Potts to return to the headwaters. In 1808, Blackfeet Indians killed Potts in a confrontation and stripped Colter bare, giving him a chance to run for his life. In one of the most famous foot races in American history, he outran his armed pursuers and escaped to the Madison River where he hid in a beaver lodge. Ten days and 200 miles later, Colter miraculously straggled into Fort Ramon near present day Custer, Montana. Colter continued to trap in the region and was the first white man to tell about the geothermal wonders of the Yellowstone area that many regarded as tall stories.
|Series||This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series|
|Placed By||Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) & Qwest|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:59pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12T E 494988 N 5062073|
|Decimal Degrees||45.71220000, -111.06438333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 45° 42.732', W 111° 3.863'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||45° 42' 43.92" N, 111° 3' 51.78" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20278 N 19th Ave, Bozeman MT 59715, US|
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