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Wyoming-Idaho area. To prevent their extinction in the area, Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge in the Centennial Valley, was formed to offer the Trumpeters a refuge. Today, 400-500 swans call this area their home. Winter populations have been observed to reach as high as 1,500. Once you reach the refuge, the best place to observe the swans is in the open areas near Upper Red Rock Lake. April through September are the best viewing months.There are 18 other types of waterfowl at the refuge as well as moose, antelope, deer, and elk.

Depart from Dillon south on 1-15. Clark Canyon Reservoir is 21 miles from Dillon. Great fishing and boating here (many public camp- grounds and one marina.) Camp Fortunate Historical Point from Lewis and Clark journey.

Continue south on 1-15 and drive 14 miles to Dell, Montana. From here you could elect to take the Sheep Creek/Medicine Lodge Backcountry Byway that ends back on Hwy 324—roads permitting. Also at Dell is the his- toric hotel that has been renovated and the old school house that is now a cafe.

From Dell, travel 9 miles south to Lima. Lima is a great little town with places to eat, sleep, camp, and a city park to picnic in.

From Lima continue on 1-15 for 14 miles to Monida, Montana. Go through this tiny town, heading east on a gravel road. Reprinted from Dillon Chamber of Commerce brochure.

Glendale-Vipond Park Loop Tour Take Interstate 15 north from Dillon 30 miles to Melrose exit.

Get off of 1-15, turn left into Melrose. Do not

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ON THE TRAIL OF LEWIS & CLARK

The Beaver’s Head A few miles below the mouth of Ruby River, Sacagawea recognized a prominent point of land known to her people as the Beaver’s Head. She informed the captains that they were not far from the summer retreat of her people, which, she said, was on a river beyond the mountains (Lcmhi River.)

On Aug. 9, Lewis, along with three men, again set out ahead of the main party in an attempt to find the Shoshones.

About 9 1/2 miles by water from the Beaver’s Head, the main party reached an island which they named 3000-Mile Island—a refer- ence to their distance up the Missouri River.

Fourth Range Of Mountains

Lewis’s party, which was following an Indian road, passed through the fourth range of mountains on Aug. 10, and from the number of rattlesnakes about the cliffs called it “Rattlesnake Cliffs.” The main party entered this canyon four days later and both Clark and Sacagawea were in danger of being struck by these serpents.

Lewis continued on the Indian road, and soon came to a fork at the head of the Jefferson River. He left a note here on a dry wil-

low to inform Clark of his decision to follow the west fork. At about 15 miles from the forks, on Horse Prairie, Lewis finally saw a Shoshone on horseback—the first Indian the Expedition had seen in 1400 miles. The native, wary of the strangers, would not allow them to approach, and soon disap-peared into the mountains.

Fifth Range Of Mountains

Lewis fixed a small U.S. flag onto a pole as a symbol of peace, which was carried along as they followed the horse’s tracks. They camped that night at the head of Horse Prairie. They were now about to enter the fifth range of mountains.

The following morning they came upon recently inhabited willow lodges, and a place where the Indians had been digging roots. They continued on until they reached what Lewis described as “the most distant fountain of the waters of the Mighty Missouri in surch of which we have spent so many toilsome days and wristless nights. Thus far I had accom- plished one of those great objects on which my mind has been unalterably fixed for many years…” He then wrote that Private McNeal “exultingly stood with a foot on each side of the little rivulet and thanked his god that he had lived to bestride the mighty & heretofore deemed endless Missouri.”

Reprinted from U.S. Forest Service pamphlet “Lewis and Clark in the Rocky Mountains”

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Section 6

BUTTE, DILLON, & VIRGINIA CITY AREA

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