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Gates of the Rocky Mountains

from Songs of Lewis & Clark by Sara Bouchard



Lewis: Friday July 19th 1805

this evening we entered much the most remarkable clifts that we have yet seen.
these clifts rise from the waters edge on either side
perpendicularly to the hight of 1200 feet.
every object here wears a dark and gloomy aspect.
the tow[er]ing and projecting rocks in many places
seem ready to tumble on us.
the river appears to have forced it's way
through this immence body of solid rock
for the distance of 5¾ Miles
and where it makes it's exit below
has th[r]own on either side
vast collumns of rocks mountains high.
this rock is a black grannite below
and appears to be of a much lighter colour above
and from the fragments I take it to be
flint of a yellowish brown and light creem-coloured yellow.
from the singular appeaerance of this place I called it
the gates of the rocky mountains.


from Songs of Lewis & Clark, released November 8, 2008


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Sara Bouchard Richmond, Virginia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE. ... more

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