Gals Follow Footsteps of Lewis and Clark to Healing Sulphur Springs
If Sacajawea was cured by the sulphur springs, then many would like to touch this healing water, so four of the GiG hiked the 3.5 miles to see this place where the mineral water burbles out of the ground, forming a creek to the Missouri River.
We admired Morony Dam, discussed maybe doing a float trip from this put-in, and looked at the building that used to be the city center and administration building for the community of dam workers. This building had been offered to the Little Shell tribe as its headquarters, which they declined. The building is in pretty bad shape, with the roof caving in now; however, it is a gorgeous brick structure. Only foundations remain of the other residences.
At the springs, several of us touched the tepid water. These are not warm springs, but they do maintain a room-temperature year round. Just past the springs (or before it), we noticed a plowed section of dirt and a warning sign. It was an underground petroleum pipeline leading to the edge of the river; we assumed it went underneath it to cross. By the pipeline, a rivulet of water full of algae, indicating heat, was flowing toward the river. It looked as if the digging to replace/repair the pipeline had hit the sulphur springs or another one. It was making a mud mess and eroding the bank leading to the river.
We didn't see anyone else on the trail. If we thought the road to Ryan is bad, then we thought the lane going to Morony was deplorable. Hopefully, a road crew will fix the entire road soon.