"We were now on the watershed of the mountains, the great axis of America; a few steps farther and l gave a loud shout as I caught the first glimpse in a deep valley, as it were at my feet, of a feeder of the Pacifc Ocean. It was the Flathead River, a tributary of the Columbia.

 At the same moment the shots of my men's guns echoing among the rocks announced the passage of the first white man over the Kootanie Pass."

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