Confluence of the Marias with the
Missouri River by Brent Phelps
Decision Point on the
Missouri River ~
Which river was the Missouri ?
June 3, 1805
"Capt. C. and myself concluded to set out early
the next morning with a small party each, and ascend these rivers untill
we could perfectly satisfy ourselves of the one, which it would be most
expedient for us to take on our journey to the Pacific".
June 8, 1805
"The whole of my party to a man except myself were
fully pesuaided that this river was the Missouri, but being fully of
opinion that it was neither the main stream, nor that which it would be
advisable for us to take , I determined to give it a name and in honour of
Miss Maria Wd. called it Maria's River".
June 9, 1805
"I indevoured to impress on the minds of the party
all of whom except Capt. C. being still firm in the belief that the N.
Fork was the Missouri and that which we ought to take; they said very
cheerfully that they were ready to follow us any where we thought proper
to direct ... it was agreeed between Capt. C. and myself that one of us
should set out with a small party by land up the South fork and continue
our rout up it until we found the falls".
June 13, 1805
" I retired to the shade of a tree where I
determined to fix my camp for the present and dispatch a man in the
morning to inform Capt. C. and the party of my success in finding the
falls and settle in their minds all further doubts as to the