Decision Point

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Which Way to GO? Asked Lewis and Clark Mar 03, 2017
Just south of Loma is a place called "Decision Point". When they first arrived here in June 1805, the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were faced with a dilemma. The Mandan Indians had provided them with lots of accurate information for the journey along the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains; but they were not prepared for this confluence of two rivers. Today deciding which is the main river is no problem but in the early summer of 1805 the Marias River was swollen from the runoff of melting snow from the mountains so both rivers were nearly equal in width and flow. Lewis went up the Marias River with a small party and Clark went up the Missouri. They were looking for the route that would take them to the "Great Falls". Clark turned back before reaching the "Great Falls". A correct decision would lead them to the "Great Falls" and friendly Indians where they could get supplies and prepare for the winter. A wrong decision could mean the expedition would be lost and unprepared for the long winter. Luckily they chose correctly. Today "Decision Point" is a short drive off U.S. Highway 87. A fairly short, but a little steep, trail leads to a very nice viewpoint of the rivers.
Decision Point, River Confluence
Looking Up river From Decision Poi…
Trail Leading to Viewpoint
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