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Missouri River, Gates of the Rocky Mountains (Montana)

Missouri River, Gates of the Rocky Mountains (Montana)

Friday July 19th 1805

"this evening we entered much the most remarkable clifts that we have yet seen. these clifts rise from the waters edge on either side perpendicularly to the height of [NB: about] 1200 feet. every object here wears a dark and gloomy aspect. the tow[er]ing and projecting rocks in many places seem ready to tumble on us. the river appears to have forced it's way through this immence body of solid rock.... it happens fortunately that altho' the current is strong it is not so much so but what it may be overcome with the oars for there is here no possibility of using either the cord or Setting pole.... from the singular appearance of this place I called it the gates of the rocky mountains."

Meriwether Lewis

The above quote is taken directly from the Gary Moulton, University of Nebraska version of the Lewis and Clark Journals.


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