Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana Department of Geography 

Montana's Greatest Wonder:

the Missouri River, Part 2 in a 5 part series


October 10, 2018

The Madison River flows past autumn foliage upstream from Ennis.

Almost immediately upon departing the Three Forks area, the newly formed Missouri is neatly tucked into a mini-gorge. Then, only 16 miles from its inception, the Toston Reservoir and Dam decelerate its flow. After traversing the "Little Gates of the Mountains," so noted on Clark's map of July 25, 1805, as "2d range of mts - little gate," near the small village of Toston, the river will soon ply the last of the big southwest valleys. Officially established when the post office opened in 1882 and named after a local rancher, Tosten bills itself as "the first town on the Missouri."


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