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Team: North
Monday, August 26, 2002
200 Years After Lewis and Clark...
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EMT Michelle Williams removes cacti tines from Rob's hand.

EMT Michelle Williams removes cacti tines from Rob's hand.
Courtesy Charlotte Talley

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Camping, Lewis & Clark style: Mike Murphy gets cozy in his buffalo robe near Clark Canyon Reservoir

Camping, Lewis & Clark style: Mike Murphy gets cozy in his buffalo robe near Clark Canyon Reservoir
Courtesy Rob Carlo

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Team North in front of an abandoned log cabin in Bannack State Park, a ghost town near Dillon, MT

Team North in front of an abandoned log cabin in Bannack State Park, a ghost town near Dillon, MT

....Team North comes along, blazing their own historic trail across the country. The trekkers have all been aware of the parallels of their journey with the famous one of the Corps of Discovery, and today they'll get to find out how apt their musings have been. At least one trekker has remarked that Lewis & Clark would have loved having such a great support team!

After crossing BLM lands today, mostly in the comfort of the Hondas, but also on ATVs (yee-ha!) the team will camp at Clark Canyon Reservoir, on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. At Clark Canyon Reservoir, Team North will learn a little more about the Lewis & Clark expedition, and they may also muse on how much has changed since then, from the ghost town of Bannack that they pass on the way, to the reservoir itself, constructed on the Beaverhead River in 1961.

Bannack State Park deserves a note of its own. In its glory days, the town of Bannack was the site of Montana`s first major gold discovery in 1862, the first boom shortly therafter, and the first territorial capital by 1864. In Bannock, bust followed boom, and today, Bannock is abandoned. The main street of this ghost town is still lined with the log and frame structures built in Montana`s formative years. Grasshopper Creek, from which was harvested fortunes in gold, now yields only trout. Each year the park holds a festival to commemorate the wild and wooly early years, which features living history programs and exhibits. Bannack Days is held the third weekend in July.
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