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The Pictograph Cave - PAGE 2 OF 2

On the interior wall of Pictograph Cave (the only one containing rock art), archaeologists discovered 106 pictographs, painted between 2,145 and 200 years ago. The walls were covered with red, white, and occasionally yellow figurines over drawings originally painted with black. They also found stone and bone tools, moccasins, arrow shafts, basketry, grinding stones, and fire-starting tools. Excavations turned up jewelry too, such as pendants, bracelets, and beads crafted of seashells acquired from Pacific Coast Indians. The excavation was led by H. Melville Sayre of the Montana School of Mines. He later hired Oscar Lewis, an archeologist from the Glendive WPA crew, to help supervise the dig. William Mulloy replaced Sayre as the Project director from October 1940 to February 1942.

approaching Pictograph Cave

signs at Pictograph Cave

sign at

sign at Pictograph Cave

The two RV Gypsies took lots of pictures of the Pictograph Cave walls and later zoomed in on them trying to see images that could not be seen with their eyes, but only four real drawings showed up in the photographs.

drawings on Pictograph Cave

drawings on Pictograph Cave

drawings on Pictograph Cave

drawings on Pictograph Cave

Below: A picture book showing what is supposed to be on the walls of the cave.

bird drawing

horse drawing

animal fight drawing

shield warrior drawing


man and shield drawing

animal drawing

deer animal drawing
drawing drawing

Informative signs were everywhere, telling about the pictographs.

Informative sign

Informative sign

Pictograph Cave Level  1 sign

Pictograph Cave Level  11 sign

Pictograph Cave Level  111 sign

Pictograph Cave Level  1V sign

pictograph sign

artifact sign

threats to the pictographs

protecting the pictographs

Karen was studying the big rocks that had fallen.

Worm Holes

Karen Duquette

worm holes

Below: Looking back towards the Ghost Cave

Looking back towards the Ghost Cave

Looking back towards the Ghost Cave

Down at the bottom of the trail, the two RV Gypsies thought about walking on a different trail until they read the second sign that says Poison Ivy is on the trail.

Poison Ivy on trail sign

sign about box elder

tumbleweed mustard sign

Rocky Mountain Juniper sign Ponderosa Pines sign
sagebrush sign
informative sign sign: a home near the caves
sign: what did the house look like
illustration of hearth found in Empty Gulch
Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Montana
(sites 17-20 on the 2016 USA map)
May 22-31, 2016

You may visit these sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Alberta, Canada below.

green bullet travel photos and Billings Village RV Park - (site 17)

green bullet Billings Welcome Center

green bullet Chief Plenty Coups State Park

green bullet Famous Dave's Restaurant

green bullet Pictograph Cave State Park - (back to page 1)

green bullet Pompeys Pillar - two pages

green bullet Riverfront Park

green bullet Swords Rimrock Park - Scenic Park

green bullet Yellowstone Kelly

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green bullet Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs (site 18)

green bullet Natural Mineral Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs

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green bullet RV driving day and snow lingering alongside the road - (site 19)

green bullet Fort Benton, Montana- the birthplace of Montana

green bullet Veteran's Memorial Park

green bullet Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Nat'l Monument

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Places in Great Falls Montana - (site # 20)

green bullet Great Falls, MT: paintings, bridges, statues, Pasta Montana

green bullet The Historical Depot Building

green bullet The Montana Veteran's Memorial

green bullet Lewis & Clark National Historic Interpretive Center - 2 pages

green bullet Giant Springs State Park, springs, waterfall, long & short rivers

green bullet Rainbow, Crooked, & Black Eagle Falls & Sacagawea Overlook

green bullet Gibson Park: statues and a Flower Garden

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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to Alberta, Canada in June, 2016