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Inscribed on frame, “CLYMER NO. 86”

According to John Clymer, “After our first trip to Fort Benton and the Great Falls area we realized we wanted to see more of the Missouri River, which had been a major artery of travel for many of the early adventurers journeying from Saint Louis to the northwest. In the summer of 1966 Doris and I embarked on a float trip on the Missouri River from Fort Benton to the Robinson Bridge at the James Kipp State Park. There was a party of four of us and two crew members aboard The Chief, the outboard-powered, pontoon platform boat. It carried us for four days, one hundred and forty-four miles down river, during which time we camped out at night and often stopped along the shore to explore. Our route passed through the white cliff area so vividly described by Lewis and Clark and other early and later day travelers on the river. It was also the subject for several of Karl Bodmer’s paintings. Along this section of the river are old Indian camp sites and buffalo jumps, Lewis and Clark camp sites, sites of old forts and military posts, and well-known rapids and bars where early day steamboat wrecks occurred. This section of the river winds through an area where great buffalo herds once roamed. In the days before the settlers there were also large numbers of deer, elk, prairie wolf, mountain sheep, antelope and the formidable grizzly bear described by Lewis and Clark. I was inspired to do a number of historical paintings based on our exploration of that area.”

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