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Pompey’s Pillar commemorates Lewis & Clark journey

Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 30, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:32-04

BILLINGS – Many around the country take an interest in the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, especially at Pompey’s Pillar National Moment in Worden.

Fall Fest celebrated William Clark’s visit to Pompeys Pillar on July 25, 1806.

The event replaces Clark Days, which was held closer to the anniversary of Clark’s trip through the area.

The day is an appreciation for the public and Friends of Pompeys Pillar.

People from all over the world come to learn about the history.

“This signifies the exploration of the west and what happened after the Lewis and Clark expedtion,” said John Reffit, monument manager. “It happened in 1806 and 212 years later folks are still enamored by the story and the adventure and they’re coming back to the pillar to learn more.”

“Even before Lewis and Clark, there’s 10,000 years of history out here,” said Neal Gunnels, Friends of Pompeys Pillar executive director. “There are Native Americans, pictographs and rock stacks on top of the pillar and there’s just a lot of history for years and years, even before Clark came through so it’s a really neat area.”

Fall Fest started with a bird walk early Saturday morning and also included a 5-K run.