Crimson Bluffs
Headquartered at Townsend in the Glacier-Yellowstone corridor of Western Montana on the upper Missouri River (map), Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation preserve the legacy of the Corps of Discovery Expedition in our area.

Traveling through this broad valley in 1805, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark remarked upon its beauty. More than two centuries later, visitors can share the experience of the Big Belt Mountain range, often snowcapped throughout the year— hanging like an “amphitheater” above the green and gold Missouri valley.

Some of the sights noted in the Corps of Discovery’s journals were submerged during the creation of the Canyon Ferry Reservoir (Montana’s most-visited body of water); others lie on private land. [map]  But the river is easily floated during most summers and navigable by motor boat spring through fall, giving visitors a unique and personal taste of the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Visit the only place named for York!

Lewis Journal — July 24, 1805

“…passed a remarkable bluff of crimson coloured earth on Starboard intermixed with Stratas of black and brick red slate.”


Dr. Stephen Sylvester
 ​The Corps of Discovery
Tomahawks, Rifles
and Food for Thought

presented from the unique prospective of
doctorate in American History and Journalism

Free to the Public

at Historic Canton Church
near Townsend, Montana
8:00 PM- Friday, June 8, 2018

For more information, please call 980-1510

Dr. Stephen Sylvester is a former Board member of the Minnesota Committee for the Humanities and Humanities Montana, and a current member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and Speakers in Schools. Dr. Sylvester holds a doctorate in American History and Journalism from the University of North Dakota.  He has lectured at MSU Northern, Peru State College, Nebraska, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the University of Hawaii and Alaska to name a few.

He has conducted more than 80 field trips along the Lewis and Clark Trail, and has traveled extensively as he studied social, political, and econmonic changes in China.

​Dr. Sylvester is sponsored by The Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and a generous grant through  Humanities Montana. For more information about Humanities Montana click on Humanities Montana.

​The Corps of Discovery: Tomahawks, Rifles and Food for Thought

The Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled up the Missouri River across Montana, Idaho, and Washington, to the Pacific Ocean and back in one of America’s best-known and least understood adventures.

What did the Corps of Discovery actually accomplish? What did the expedition mean to Americans at the time and later? What specific activities were important then that are less important now? How has technology affected such things as weapons, travel, food, and communication?
Participants engage in a lively discussion of what the journey was actually like and what its successes and failures were and are.