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A Photographic Journey up the Missouri River in North Dakota - Little Missouri River
Photographs of the Missouri River and Little Missouri River
These photos provide a visual journey up the Missouri River in North Dakota. The pictures are arranged in approximate upstream order and dates and locations are given when known. These photographs may give you a glimpse of the sites Lewis & Clark saw and also serve to illustrate the history and development of the Missouri River.
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Banks of the Little Missouri River
Little Missouri River, Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit
Little Missouri River near Watford City, North Dakota
Little Missouri River near Watford City, North Dakota, looking upstream from bridge on US 85
Little Missouri River near Watford City, North Dakota, looking upstream along right bank
Clark wrote of the Little Missouri River, on April 12, 1805, "it takes its rise in the N W extremity of the black mountains, and through a broken countrey in its whole course washing the N W base of the Turtle Mountain which is Situated about 6 Leagues S W of its mouth." It is assumed he meant the Killdeer Mountains rather than the Turtle Mountains.
The Killdeer Mountains are topped by rock resistant to erosion and are therefore about 700 feet above the surrounding plain which did not resist erosion.
Aerial photograph of the Little Missouri River entering the Missouri River, prior to completion of the Garrison Dam
April 5, 1952
Aerial photograph of the Little Missouri River entering Lake Sakakawea
June 16, 1995
Captain Clark, April 13th, 1805, on the Missouri River above the mouth of the Little Missouri:
I observe more bald Eagles on this part of the Missouri than usial (Reid, 1947-48)
Reid, Russell, ed., 1947-48, Lewis and Clark in North Dakota: Reprinted from North Dakota History, published by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, vol. 14-15, 359 p.