Condren Family 2011 Vacation Aug. 24th

Digital Photos by Mike Condren

The only evidence of William Lewis' time in MT is his signature on the side of this rock butte that he called Pompeys Pillar, named for his guide and Sacagawea son who was along for the trip.

This is a glass and steel model of a plains Indian teepee.

William Clark's bust inside the Interpretation Center.

William Clark, right, and his slave, York, left who made the trip.
Sacagawea and her son

Clark's guide took a few men and went exploring. Over two nights they lost their horses to the natives. So they constructed canoes like this from sticks and buffalo hides and rejoined the Clark exposition.

Here is a reproduction of Wm Clark's signature as it appears halfway up Pompeys Pillar.

This is the hallway down the Interpretation Center. The wandering gray band down the hall represents the Yellowstone River which the party followed to its joining of the Missouri River.

It was then time for me to climb the stairs to the level where Wm. Clark scratched his name.

Here is the level with the names. Clark's scratching is behind glass in the locked panel.

The view from the level of the signatures.

The banks of the Yellowstone River are lined with Cottonwood trees, the cotton from those trees was all over the ground.

A view of the stairs that led all the way to the top of Pompeys Pillar.

Clark's men hollowed out some Cottonwood trees to make dugout canoes, tied them together, and floated down the Yellowstone River to where it joined the Missouri to wait for Lewis and the rest of the exposition.

This historical marker was along side the highway.

This train appeared along side of the highway back into Billings.

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