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Twin Bridges, Montana

Lewis and Clark Park in the plans
The Staff of The Montana Standard

November, 2003

This statue of Sacajawea is planned to be replicated life-size at the entrance of the fairgrounds.

Plans are ongoing to establish a 20,000-square-foot Lewis and Clark Interpretive Park at the entrance of the Madison County Fairgrounds in Twin Bridges. In September, the group working to raise about $75,000 needed to build the park reaped about $15,000 at an art auction.

"We had wonderful support from a number of Montana artists for the event," said Deb Bradley, one of the organizers.

The plan is to make the park a centerpiece of the fairground entrance, with the focal point being a full-sized bronze statue of Sacajawea, her son, Pomp, and Meriwether Lewis' dog, Seaman. The park will include interpretive signs, a tepee, an animal tracks interactive display and a cottonwood log depicting various stages of a cutout canoe.

"We want to tell the Twin Bridges' portion of the Lewis and Clark story," said Bradley. "We feel like we've been skipped. Right now there are good displays at Three Forks and at Lemhi Pass. What some people don't realize is Lewis and Clark spent five or six days right here in the Twin Bridges area."

The group hopes to break ground this fall, with the major construction starting in the spring. Fund-raising efforts will continue, including the sale of smaller renditions of the Sacajawea bronzes.

Bradley said fund-raising efforts are also continuing toward the completion of restroom facilities at the ball fields. So far about $39,000 has been raised toward the estimated cost of the project. 

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