Summer Speakers Series--The Lewis and Clark History of Tower Rock
Date Saturday July 13, 2013
Time10:00 AM  - 11:30 AM
Location Tower Rock State Park
Contact Richard Hopkins
Additional Information
Description(Ulm, MT) Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What: Join us for the Summer Speaker Series presentation: The Lewis and Clark History of Tower Rock.

Montana State Parks and local historian Don Peterson will host a program on the history and development of Tower Rock State Park.

A special guest for this presentation will be Cheryl Hutchinson, local resident, active community member and historian, she was instrumental in the establishment of the park.

Cheryl will present an oral history of how Tower Rock was reached and named by Capt. Meriwether Lewis on July 16, 1805, as he and the Corps of Discovery co-led by Lt. William Clark searched for the headwaters of the Missouri River and a water route to the Pacific Ocean.

Cheryl will address the early history and explain the profound significance of this place and how it fits into history in a most unique way. She describes this area as a ¿transition point¿ and reflects on how Lewis and Clark used this as a reference point later that year, while they were at the mouth of the Columbia River, a thousand miles away.

After the presentation, consider hiking up the Tower Rock trail; a quarter-mile of trail is maintained. Experience the natural beauty of the area, marvel at the profusion of plants along the way. Many of these plants were mentioned in the Lewis and Clark Journals as Lewis made scientific notations, many of which survive to this day. Watch as the songbirds flit from point to point and share their cheerful notes with visitors. The view of the Missouri River stretching its watery course to the northeast is a wonderful photo opportunity.

If you¿re thinking about hiking after the lecture, wear clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoors travel and the weather conditions; the rock formation is 424 feet high. Always bring plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellant. Also, bring a portable chair with you for the presentation, if you wish. And don¿t forget to bring your camera!

When: Saturday, July 13 from 10am-11:30am

Where: Tower Rock State Park ¿ Picnic Area
Near the junction of Interstate 15 and old U.S. Highway 91
Cascade, MT
(406) 866-2217
**The park is just off of Interstate 15 at Hardy Creek Exit 247. Follow the signs after exiting I-15.

For directions and more information about Tower Rock State Park visit:

Presenters: This program is presented by the staff of Tower Rock State Park, as well as local historian Don Peterson, and Cheryl Hutchinson, local resident, active community member and historian.

Tower Rock State Park is an igneous rock formation 424 feet high. It stands in the mouth of the canyon where the Missouri River exits the Rocky Mountains. In the 2012 summer season, more than 11,800 people visited this state park, a 9% increase over the prior year.

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Richard Hopkins
Park Manager,
Tower Rock State Park
(406) 866-2217