Beaverhead Rock-Lewis and Clark Expedition
|Location||Madison County, Montana|
|Nearest city||Dillon, Montana|
|NRHP Reference #||70000359|
|Added to NRHP||February 11, 1970|
The rock formation is protected within Beaverhead Rock State Park, and is located above the Beaverhead River.
Beaverhead Rock is a rock feature identified in 1805 by Sacagawea, during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as a landmark not distant from the summer retreat of her nation. According to the Journal of Lewis:
the Indian woman recognized the point of a high plain to our right which she informed us was not very distant from the summer retreat of her nation on a river beyond the mountains which runs to the west. This hill she says her nation calls the Beaver's Head, from a conceived resemblance of its figure to the head of that animal...as it is now all important with us to meet with those people as soon as possible I determined to proceed tomorrow with a small party...and pass the mountains to the Columbia; and down that river until I found the Indians...without horses we shall be obliged to leave a great part of our stores...
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings", Lewis and Clark: Historic Places Associated with Their Transcontinental Exploration (1804-06), National Park Service, 2004 , archived from the original on 2009-10-01
- Beaverhead Rock State Park Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
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