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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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Address: Pompeys Pillar, MT
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Historical break from driving

We pulled off the freeway, ate lunch from our cooler, and went for a little walk into the interpretive center and up Pompeys Pillar. It's a short and easy walk to where we saw the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chaska, Minnesota
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Chaska, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pulled off the freeway, ate lunch from our cooler, and went for a little walk into the interpretive center and up Pompeys Pillar. It's a short and easy walk to where we saw the famous carving in the stone "W Clark July 25, 1806" and we saw the view from up on the big rock that Lewis and Clark... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Physical evidence of the great L & C journey. There is an entrance fee and maybe not all that much to see. On the other hand, it's a very historical site with a nice visitor center and a few short hikes. The view from the top of the pillar is very nice and we saw a couple of osprey from... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was a delightful stop on our travels across Montana following Lewis and Clark. The displays were very interesting as was the movie shown. We climbed to the top of the pillar to see Clark's signature and the fantastic view, and heard an excellent presentation by a very friendly and accommodating ranger. The gift shop is run by exceptionally friendly... More 

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Thank PasCaLady
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Pillar is 25 miles east of Billings along I-94, and overlooks the Yellowstone River. In 1806, Captain William Clark visited here and carved his name into the rock. It stands 200 hundred feet high and is quite noticeable from a distance. There is a boardwalk and several sets of stairs that lead up to the engraving and then to... More 

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Thank Violette54
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Be prepared for a lot of steps but so worth it. The view is great and the history is awesome. Captain Clark's signature is neat to see. Not sure of handicap accommodations but you will end up carrying small children so be prepared and pick a cooler part of the day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Was on my way to Billings and saw the signs. When I got to the gate the ranger was very helpful and it was only $7. I had about an hour to kill some time. I like doing things like this because if you don't stop and smell the roses as they say your going to miss a lot. The... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I think everyone learns about Lewis and Clark in school. There is relatively little in the way of physical evidence of their expedition. Here we find the only physical evidence of Clark's passage through the area - his graffiti! Sorry, but it struck me as funny. The visitor center is well done, and the walk/climb is relatively easy if you... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

So you're driving through Montana and you need a place to stretch your legs? Pompeys Pillar is where I chose to do so. The central piece of the otherwise unnotable attraction is graffiti from William Clark of Lewis & Clark. It's the kind of thing that should be a silly roadside attraction rather than a National Monument. I kind of... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This site as recently (1990's) taken over by BLM from private owners. The interpretative center gives one a nice sense of history (especially the Lewis/Clark Expedition) as well as archeological historians. I found it interesting that there were carving's even before Clark chiseled his name and date into the pillar. If possible, climb the steps to get a great view... More 

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Wattsburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I found this as an afterthought days before our trip. Easy to miss.....but don't. We arrived after it closed. However, the signage encouraged walking to the pillar 1/4 mile ahead. (While I do wish attractions would remain open past 5:00 in the summer, at least accommodations are made here to allow visitors in.) We missed the gift shop and any... More 

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