Page Feedback

Two Medicine Fight Site

Two Medicine Fight Site

Information

There is a public overlook and monument available along the highway at any time. The site itself is about 25 miles southeast of Browning, Montana in Pondera County on the eastern edge of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. (Access by permission from private landowner only).
Access to the overlook is free of charge
lat: 48.4915363 long: -113.364551

Located along the Two Medicine River, the Two Medicine Fight Site is the location of the only violent encounter on the expedition of Lewis, Clark, and the Corps of Discovery. The site is a High Potential Historic Site along the Lewis and Clark Trail and represents many firsts for the United Sates and for the expedition.

The Two Medicine Fight Site represents the first encounter with the Blackfeet Nation, a Native American Tribe that for much of the trip through Montana had been narrowly avoided. The Blackfeet nation were enemies to many of the tribal nations that the Corps of Discovery were in alliance with, such as the Nez Pearce and Shoshone nations. The Blackfeet Nation was also understandably unwelcoming to white men. It is no surprise that when Meriwether Lewis and three others, George Drouillard (an interpreter hunter, and cartographer), and brothers Joseph and Reubin Field (two of the expeditions top hunters) were walking on Blackfeet Territory and happened on a group of young Blackfeet tribesmen, there was fear of an outbreak of violence. However, the expedition narrowly avoided any violence during the initial meeting.

On the evening of July 26, 1806, the camp was awoken to the sound of Blackfeet attempting to steal firearms. Unsuccessful in their attempt, two to three Blackfeet tribesmen were killed while the rest escaped. Quickly after this encounter, the campsite was packed up and the expedition fled in fear of a larger attack.

In addition to the Two Medicine Fight Site being the first encounter with the Blackfeet Nation and first violent encounter, it was also the first military conflict between the US and a plains tribe.

Today, the Two Medicine Fight Site is still in the Blackfeet Indian territory on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. To access the site, permission is required.

Nearby Attractions

Distance Unit:

Nearby Trails

Distance Unit:

Clearwater to Dunnigan Gulch

   

lat: 46.9505625 long: -113.5433125
Coal Banks Landing to Eagle Creek

lat: 47.7400888 long: -109.6276312
Russell Gates to Clearwater River

lat: 46.9502198 long: -113.3787584
Antelope Wilderness to James Kipp Landing

lat: 47.6274434 long: -108.6934195
Lemhi Pass Road

lat: 44.9579032 long: -113.3652553
Eagle Creek to Hole in the Wall

lat: 47.8317525 long: -110.074063
Coal Banks Landing to Eagle Creek

lat: 48.0338635 long: -110.2279854
Hole in the Wall to Judith Landing

lat: 47.7400888 long: -109.6276312
Rivers Edge Trail

lat: 47.517582 long: -111.2649299
Portage Camp Overlook

lat: 47.5052849 long: -111.3007715
Travelers Rest State Park

lat: 46.753308 long: -114.0899468
Lewis and Clark Pass

lat: 47.1427216 long: -112.4289137
Send Feedback

Instagram Feed