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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Damn, the Great Falls are dammed

We came to Great Falls Montana, expecting to see the the Great Falls of the Missouri, instead we found dribbles leaking from power house dams, with scummy mats of algae in the pools below the dams. Our best view of the Great Fall was in the Charles M. Russell Museum, in a painting by Charles Fritz, "The Great Falls." Fritz’s oil painting depicted the falls as Lewis and Clark might have seen them in the summer of 1805. While the Great Falls were a disappointment, the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center and the Russell Museum were superb, well worth a four day side trip to Montana. Fritz spent the last six years visiting sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail, at the same time of the year the Corps of Discovery was moving along the rivers and over the mountain trails, painting the scenes described in the Corps’ journals. This exhibit will be moving about the county, and is worth your time if you have any interest in Lewis and Clark. Link to Fritz web site (here.)

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