Thursday, August 25, 2005
My home town's main mountain!
The University of Montana in Missoula has a whole mountain as part of its back yard. Here, the sun's first rays touch Mt. Sentinel and the Clark Fork River. The Clark Fork is flowing out of Hellgate Canyon, a place of monumental clashes between Salish and Piegan warriors years ago as the Salish moved through the defile to get to the buffalo grounds.
In terms of sheer water volume, this is Montana's largest river. The history of the Clark Fork is quite dramatic, a story of rapacious greed and pollution, followed in the last 25 years by a concerted and inspiring effort to restore the river and its surroundings. Go to this link to learn more details.