Decision List 2000. The area fittingly bears
the name Yorks Islands in keeping with Clark’s intention to honor his servant
and boyhood companion, York. The group of islands is located on the Missouri
river, south of Townsend, Montana. The islands are included on maps
in the journals of Lewis and Clark.
The Crimson Bluffs Chapter is pleased to
announce that the U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved the name
Islands for the group of Missouri River islands in Broadwater County.
The name was also approved by the Montana Board on Geographic Names and
has been entered into the Nation’s official automated geographic names
repository. It has been published in the book
On July 28, 2001, efforts spearheaded by
Crimson Bluffs Chaper member John
Stoner culminated in a commemoration ceremony officially
previously known “Deep Dale Fishing Access” to the “Yorks
Access” (on US Highway 287, 4 miles south of Townsend).
applause and presented by Troy Helmick with a framed photo
of Yorks Islands.
They were joined by historians, representatives
of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Huel Willis of the Great
Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, portraying Ben— York’s cousin.
Ben’s character was so convencing, it was a delight to attend. Mr.
Willis’ presence was the highlight of the ceremony. After- wards he was
rewarded with a hearty round of