The Lewis & Clark Trail
The Lewis and Clark Trail is easily traced through Custer Country. Just follow the Yellowstone River and watch for Lewis and Clark signs and Montana Historical Markers.
On the 1806 return trip to St. Louis, the party split at the site of present day Missoula. Captain Meriwether Lewis and most of the party explored northern Montana before heading down the Missouri River. Clark and nine men, accompanied by their Shoshone guide Sacajawea and her baby, followed the Yellowstone, rendezvousing with Lewis below the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in today’s North Dakota. Clark’s journals record many exciting events on this leg of the trip.
Pompey’s Pillar is the route’s only readily identifiable landmark, but you can visit the approximate site where Clark and company carved out two dugout canoes to use in continuing their journey downriver. From I-90, take Exit 426 at Park City. Follow Lewis and Clark signs seven miles east on the frontage road, then six miles on a country road to the undeveloped Buffalo Mirage Access fishing site.
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