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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana 

This is Montana: Missouri headwaters are central to Montana history (Part 1 of 2)

 

Larry Mayer

The rivers that birth the mighty Missouri are visible in this aerial image.

A labyrinth of channels, willow bottoms, islands and a general mix of wetlands interact to piece together the headwaters of the Missouri River.

The point where the three forks – the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison rivers – join as one, the great Missouri River begins an odyssey, heading out as having had the starring role in the creation of a state. As a route of western expansion, the Miss...



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