This morning we were well on our way by 8:30. We had a very pleasant, scenic drive. We made good time because we had stopped only a couple of times, once on a chain-up pullout for a quick lunch. We arrived at the RV park shortly after 1:00.
Barb took a long nap after lunch. I spent most of the afternoon catching up on my trip journal and uploading my photos. I was very relieved to discover that the WiFi at this campground is fast. I had gotten behind on my Internet activities.
Late this afternoon, even though a thunderstorm was brewing, Barb and I went to town to check it out. Even though it is a small town of only about 2100, it has a small airport, a public golf course, two hotels, several cafes, nine churches and a health clinic. Rio Tinto's Three Forks Mill is one of its largest dry grinding facilities.
Three Forks is northwest of Bozeman at the confluence of the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers, which form the headwaters of the Missouri River. It was founded in 1908 by John Quincy Adams (not the President) who worked for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad and had the task of purchasing land for the railroad right-of-way. He was granted the right to establish towns along the way to ensure that there were travelers and freight for the trains.
Three Forks has an interesting history. It is where the Hidatsa tribe of the Mandan Sioux kidnapped Sacagawea from her own people, the Agaidrika (Shoshone), when she was about ten or twelve years of age. There is a tiny park on Main Street across from the Sacajawea Hotel where a statue of her and her son stands. (Notice the variant spelling of her name.) It was erected by the Montana Daughters of the American Revolution.
It is also the site of one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the Blackfeet against the Flathead and Crow peoples. John Colter fought with the Flatheads and Crows, who won the battle. The next year the Blackfeet stripped him of his clothing but he escaped. It is also the site of Fort Three Forks, which survived only one season against the Blackfeet.
Route: I-90 W to Three Forks => MT 2 S to campground
Total Miles Driven: 174
Weather Conditions: Sunny, hot and dry
Road Conditions: Good
RV Park: Camp Three Forks
Park Conditions: Nice shade trees, gravel roads, level sites, friendly office staff and camp hosts