Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

The first of 229 stairs (one way) to the top of Pompeys Pillar.

The first of 229 stairs one way

more stairs

On July 25, 1806, Clark's group, the nine floaters, noticed a huge sandstone rock 200 feet high and 400 paces in circumference not far from the river. Clark climbed it and saw "Immense herds of Buffaloes, Elk, and Wolves." Indian pictographs were on the rock and then Clark added his name and the date. He named the rock Pompy's Tower (now called Pompeys Pillar) after Sacagawea's baby, whom she carried on a craddleboard strapped to her back for the 14 months that she accompanied and aided the expedition. There are some stairs leading up to the platform to view the signature and pictographs.

sign about William Clark's signature

signatures on Pompeys Pillar rock

William Clark's real signature

Karen Duquette at Pompeys Pillar National Monument view from Pompeys Pillar

Hundreds of markings, petroglyphs, and inscriptions left by visitors have transformed this geologic phenomenon into a living journal of the American West.

sign at Pompeys Pillar

other signatures on Pompeys Pillar

other signatures on Pompeys Pillar

plaque at Pompeys Pillar

other signatures on Pompeys Pillar

drawings and signatures

other signatures on Pompeys Pillar

other signatures on Pompeys Pillar

Back down from the signage area, the two RV Gypsies turned left and walked on a nice long, relaxing stretch of a boardwalk before coming to more stairs.

boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

Lee Duquette at boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar Lee Duquette at boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

more stairs at boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

The fields bordering the monument to the south and east are managed to protect and enhance pheasant and other wildlife populations. Known as the Montana Habitat Partnership, this collaboration includes the BLM: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Pheasants Forever.

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

sign: Corssroads of Events

Panorama from Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

sign at Pompeys Pillar

A view of farm land and the 670 mile long Yellowstone River.

panorama at Pompeys Pillar
panorama at Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

view from boardwalk to the top of Pompeys Pillar

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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 - two pages

green bullet Pompeys Pillar - (back to page 1)

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 and short rivers

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

green bullet Gibson Park: statues and a Flower Garden

Look Below for more navigation

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