The Lewis and Clark Expedition traversed the terrain that would eventually become the state of Montana for the first time in 1805. Moving up the Missouri River they encountered natural wonders, endured grueling labors, ran from "white" bears, and seemingly tiptoed through the various nations that occupied the land that they were claiming for the United States- that landscape however was neither empty nor their presence unknown.
Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Salish, Gros Ventres, and Crow left signs of passage upon the land for members of the expedition to ponder. In 1805, the Salish took pity on the woebegone expedition as it staggered from the clutches of the Bitterroot Mountains. A year later on the Two Medicine River (a tributary of the Marias River), blood was spilled as cultures clashed-the precursor to misunderstandings, broken promises, and bloodshed that haunted the remaining decades of the 19th century American West.
By using the timeline you can trace the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as the traveled in the Big Sky country of Montana.