By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana 

Missouri headwaters are central to Montana history

(part 1 of 2)


April 26, 2019

Larry Mayer

The rivers that birth the mighty Missouri are visible in this aerial image.

A labyrinth of channels, willow bottoms, islands and a general mix of wetlands interact to piece together the headwaters of the Missouri River.

The point where the three forks – the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison rivers – join as one, the great Missouri River begins an odyssey, heading out as having had the starring role in the creation of a state. As a route of western expansion, the Missouri River had few equals. Missouri Headwaters State Park, at the three forks, documents the river's illustrious past in the chronology of our Montana through interpretive signs and displays.


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