Pompeys Pillar Picnic – May 24, 2014

Located outside Billings is Pompeys Pillar, a National Monument. It’s probably one of those places we locals rarely venture to, however this spring we’re going to change that and go investigate what’s there.

There is a new Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center that opened in 2006. Amongst the exhibits in the center are articles relating to the journey of Captain William Clark and his detachment, including Sacagawea and her son Pomp, down the Yellowstone River Valley in 1806. There are also displays on the native culture, flora and fauna, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the historical legacy of Pompeys Pillar through the changes of the 1800s.

The one-half mile road to the site is now paved.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy another location from the State of Montana’s “Get Lost in Montana” program.

Fees

There is a $7 entrance fee charged per vehicle. There is no separate fee for the interpretive center. All fees are returned to the site and used to maintain and improve the facility. All valid federal recreation passes are honored at the site.

Meeting Place

We will meet at the Conoco Station at the corner of Main Street and Pemberton Lane in the Heights. The station is located at the far end of Main Street when coming from downtown and is on the west side of the street. There is ample parking.

Meeting Time

10:30 AM

Contact: Stephanie Haider, Phone: 406.672.4815, Email: snowgse@bresnan.net