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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana Department of Geography 

Montana's greatest wonder: the Missouri River

(Part 3 of 5)


October 19, 2018

Rick and Susie Graetz

The Missouri River meanders through Montana farmland above Fort Benton.

When the Missouri River puts Cascade behind, it looks out toward the sunset and the distant Rocky Mountain Front, the range of mountains that gave Montana its label "Land of the Shining Mountains."

On July 18, Lewis wrote, "We passed the entrance a beautifull river 80 yards wide which falls in a Lard (left side). Which in honour of Mr. Roberts Smith secretary of the navy we called Smiths River. This stream meanders through a most lovely valey to the S.E. for about 25 miles when it enters the Rocky mountains and is concealed from our view."

The Smith River, one of Montana's favorites for fly...

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