The Naming of a River Historical

The Naming of a River Historical (HM1VFI)

Location: Three Forks, MT 59752 Gallatin County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 55.564', W 111° 30.207'

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The Headwaters of the Missouri River

Many nations traveled and lived along these banks, giving their own names to
the river. "Missouri" is the official name given by the U.S. Geological Survey. It
dates back to French explorer Jacques Marquette's journal and 1673 map of the
Mississippi River and its tributaries. His Algonquian-speaking guides called the
people living at the mouth of the Missouri River "8emessourit," * meaning "people
with canoes (made of logs)." Over time, the name was simplified to "Missouri" and
became the river's name as well. Eventually the connection between the name and
the people Marquette referred to was lost. However, the name "Missouri" became
so popular that it is now used in over 300 geographic names.
* In 16th and 17th century French, the letter 8 represents an "oo" or "w" sound, later written "ou"
(Marquette's map)
(Portrait of an "8emessourit" man c. 1834, by Karl Bodmer
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Placed ByPPL Montana
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 460964 N 5085956
Decimal Degrees45.92606667, -111.50345000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 55.564', W 111° 30.207'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 55' 33.84" N, 111° 30' 12.42" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)406
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2607-3609 Trident Rd, Three Forks MT 59752, US
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