National Geographic : 1964 Apr
Yellowstone Rivers as a route out of the big park. We followed the ever-broadening tor rents down to Livingston, Montana, then continued north through the land of the big sky to the Little Belt Mountains. We camped in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and crossed the trail of those pathfinders the next day as we entered Great Falls.* Lewis and Clark spent a month portaging around the Missouri River falls that gave the city its name. Dams now have tamed the turbulent water, and the commercial center that has sprung up here since 1883 serves a rich farming and mining region. Great Falls' dominant landmark, visible for miles across the plains, is the 506-foot brick smokestack that rises above the Anaconda Company's re duction plant (page 571). The flavor of an earlier, wilder West re mains, however, in the paintings of Charles Russell, the cowboy artist. Great Falls re members him by preserving his log-cabin studio and displaying many of his rip-roar ing paintings in a modern gallery next door. Big Montana's biggest city was the start *The Gray family's adventures in "Following the Trail of Lewis and Clark," appeared in NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC, June, 1953. Triple-crowned Mount Merritt holds its 9,944-foot summit in clouds over Glacier National Park, Montana. Sixteen hundred square miles of precipitous peaks, knife-edged ridges, and forested valleys form the United States share of the Waterton-Glacier Inter national Peace Park, which straddles the Canadian border.