|We made a special stop in Great Falls, Montana in order
to visit the new Lewis and Clark Museum. The Museum is housed in
a beautiful building on the Missouri River. We were fortunate to
come on a weekend when a group of reinactors had set up a living history
camp at the spot where the Corp of Discovery stayed in June of 1805.
There were several displays and demonstrations set up to show us what life was like for the Corp members. This fellow had a collection of tools and arms used on the journey. Some of them were brought for trading with Indians.
|This was one of the more interesting displays. The cook had a cow heart cooking on the spit and was boiling intestine for sausage in the pot. It was very hot that day and we experienced how hard it must have been for the Corp during the summer months.|
|This is a great display inside of the museum. It
shows how they had to pull and carry the boats up the banks to portage
around rapids and waterfalls. There used to be a series of five waterfalls
on the Missouri River in the Great Falls area before they built dams.
I didn't include a lot of pictures of the museum, but it's a great place to stop and learn about the Corps of Discovery, and the land, people, animals, plants and environment they documented.
|Just up river from the museum is one of the falls. Today the river is dammed and the falls are almost dry.|
|Even with the windows open it would be too hot for Cocoa in the truck, so she stayed in the trailer with the fan on. When we came out of the museum I measured the temperature on the surface of the steering wheel. 150.7 degrees F, and we had the windshield sun-screen up.|
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