Western US 2010 travel blog


Petrographs as Opposed to Petroglyphs

Fire Info

Mann Gulch

See The Elephant

Gates Closed

Gates Open

Missouri River

Rancher Jim Dolan and Dog

Helena MT

We took a side trip to Helena to do the “Gates of the Mountains” boat tour. So named by Lewis & Clark as they passed by on the Missouri River. As you arrproach the rock cliffs the opening does not appear until you slip around the corner, thus it looks as if the mountain gates open. This is also the area of the Mann Gulch fire that killed 13 young smokejumpers in 1949. The story of the Smokejumpers is well told in the book “Young Men and Fire.

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