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Clark's Fork and the Lodge Where All Danced

Laurel Montana

Listing Type: Landmark
City: Laurel Montana
Region: Southeast Montana
406-628-8105
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Clark's Fork and the 'Lodge Where All Danced' - After leaving the site south of Park City (near Buffalo Mirage Access) on July 24, 1806, the Clark party stopped at the mouth of the Clark's Fork to dry out the contents of the two dug-out canoes which had taken water over the sides during the rapids run near Laurel. It is easy to see why Clark's journals talk of the strong currents and dangers of the Yellowstone River. Though calm on the surface, undercurrents and channels are hazardous. Clark's group floated past where the Clark Fork River flows into the Yellowstone River. It was during this time that Captain Clark drew his map showing the junction of the two rivers and making an 'X' to illustrate what he considered to be the best trading location near present day Laurel. This was also the place the Indians called 'The lodge where all dance', as a large council lodge 60 feet in diameter had been built on an island there.

Directions: Clark's Fork and the 'Lodge Where All Danced' is located off I-90, exit 434 at Laurel, MT. Turn south on Highway 212 for one mile. Turn left on Thiel Road.

Clark's Fork and the Lodge Where All Danced
108 East Main Street, Laurel, MT 59044

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