Crimson Bluffs
Headquartered at Townsend in the Glacier-Yellowstone corridor of Western Montana on the upper Missouri River (map), Crimson Bluffs Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation preserve the legacy of the Corps of Discovery Expedition in our area.

Traveling through this broad valley in 1805, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark remarked upon its beauty. More than two centuries later, visitors can share the experience of the Big Belt Mountain range, often snowcapped throughout the year— hanging like an “amphitheater” above the green and gold Missouri valley.

Some of the sights noted in the Corps of Discovery’s journals were submerged during the creation of the Canyon Ferry Reservoir (Montana’s most-visited body of water); others lie on private land. [map]  But the river is easily floated during most summers and navigable by motor boat spring through fall, giving visitors a unique and personal taste of the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Visit the only place named for York!

Lewis Journal — July 24, 1805

“…passed a remarkable bluff of crimson coloured earth on Starboard intermixed with Stratas of black and brick red slate.”


 Louisiana Purchase,
Thomas Jefferson and
the Corps of Discovery
presented from the unique prospective of
Historian, Storyteller, Guide

Free to the Public

Library Community Room
Townsend, Montana
7:00 PM- Tues., Nov. 28, 2017

For more information, please call 980-1510


The Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson, and the Corps of Discovery to the Northwest will be the topic of a presentation by retired Brig. Gen. Hal Stearns at the Library Community Room at 7:00 PM, Tuesday Nov. 28th.


Hal Stearns graduated from Harlowton High School in 1958 before receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and master’s & doctorate degrees from the University of Montana (UM). He taught at Missoula Sentinel High School, in Wiesbaden, Germany, at Montana State University & UM, and is now with the lifelong learning program at UM and humanities programs from homesteading days to Lewis & Clark, Indian stories, and small towns— then, now and tomorrow.


Dr. Stearns will also talk to the BHS English class: Indian Voices; Student Body: My Love Affair with Montana; Evening: The Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson and the Corps to the Northwest. Evening program will focus on the great land buy that would change America for all time, geopolitics at the time of the Founding Fathers, the leadership of two great explorers Lewis and Clark, and the remarkable members of the Corps of Discovery.


The Louisiana Purchase is offered free to the public at the Library Community Room, 201 N. Spruce St. in Townsend by the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau Program and is hosted by Crimson Bluffs Chapter, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.