July 30: Noisy Badlands

Noisy Neighbors

Badlands between Glendive and Sidney, Montana

View southwest

Badlands between Glendive and Sidney, Montana

Francois Larocque might have threaded his way through the breaks and high prairies at the viewer's left.

Badlands between Glendive and Sidney, Montana

View southeast

Badlands between Glendive and Sidney, Montana

Larocque's route would have wound through the rugged country on the far side of the Yellowstone.

Somewhere along in here, the following year, Clark complained (July 31, 1806) of being "much disturbed last night by the noise of the buffalow which were about me." A herd forded the river near his camp, causing him concern that the big bovines might trample on their canoes, "Splitting them to pieces."

On the same day Clark observed:

"Those hills appear to be composed of various Coloured earth and Coal without much rock. . . . This high Country is washed into Curious formed mounds & hills and is cut much with reveens.

Today agriculture thrives in the river bottoms and on the north side, and ranchers graze cattle among the "Curious formed mounts & hills" to the south.