The great falls of the Missouri

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June 13, 1805

I had proceeded on this course about two miles… when my ears were saluted with the agreeable sound of a fall of water, and advancing a little further I saw the spray arise above the plain like a column of smoke…I hurried down the hill… to gaze on this sublimely grand spectacle… the grandest sight I ever beheld…

I wished for the pencil of Salvator Rosa or the pen of Thompson that I might be enabled to give to the enlightened world some just idea of this truly magnificent and sublimely grand object, which has from the commencement of time been concealed from the view of civilized man.


--Meriwether Lewis.

 

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