David Lemon, Sculptor - Master of Bronze


North or South

     
North or South
On June 2, 1805, Lewis and Clark had their first encounter with the Marias River in Montana near present-day Loma. The instructions they had gotten from the Mandan tribe in North Dakota made no mention of the river. The waterway was especially confusing because of its size. Its wide, powerful nature in high water made it seem as likely a main river as the Missouri arm.
 
This bronze, North or South, depicts this moment of indecision. Clark watches as Lewis draws a map of the two confusing rivers in the sand of the river bank. The expedition moved on to camp near present-day Fort Benton Montana, to explore both forks, hoping to identify the Missouri. Then the expedition split up and one group went up the north fork and one down the south fork of the two rivers, in search of the Great Falls. The falls were on the Missouri River, and that would identify the correct river.



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