About noon he reached Big Falls . . .
I hurryed down the hill which was about 200 feet
high and difficult of access, to gaze on this sublimely grand
specticle. I took my position on the top of
some rocks about 20 feet high opposite the center of the falls. .
. . the remaining part of about 200 yards on my right
formes the grandest sight I ever beheld . . .
headed upstream on the morning
of June 14 to see how far the falls continued. About 5 miles from the Big Falls
. . .arrived
at a fall of about 19 feet; the river is here about 400 yds.
wide. this pitch which I called the crooked falls occupys about
three fourths of the width of the river . . .
noting the particulars of Crooked Falls, Lewis
then . . .
. . . hearing a tremendious
roaring above me I continued. . . a few hundred
yards further and was again presented by one of the most beatifull
objects in nature, a cascade of about fifty feet perpendicular
streching at rightangles across the river from side to side
to the distance of at least a quarter of a mile. here the river
pitches over a shelving rock, with an edge as regular and streight
as if formed by art, without a nich or brake in it; the water
decends in one even and uninterrupted sheet . . .
4.) It was
near noon on June 14, when Lewis continued upstream from Rainbow
. . . I
discovered another fall above at the distance of half a mile .
. . I found this to be a cascade of about 14 feet
possessing a perpendicular pitch of about 6 feet. . . . in
any other neighbourhood but this, such a cascade would probably
be extoled for it’s beaty and magnifficence, but here
I passed it by with but little attention . . .
After passing Colter Falls Lewis:
. . . arrived
at another cataract of 26 feet. this is not immediately perpendicular,
a rock about ⅓ of it’s decent seems to protrude
to a small distance and receives the water in it’s passage
downwards and gives a curve to the water tho’ it falls
mostly with a regular and smoth sheet. the river is near six
hundred yards wide at this place . . . below
this fall at a little distance a beatifull Island well timbered
is situated about the middle of the river. in this Island on
a Cottonwood tree an Eagle has placed her nest; a more inaccessable
spot I beleive she could not have found . . .