John Colter, born in Stuart's Draft about 1775, was a member of the northwest expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (1804-1806). During his subsequent, solitary explorations of the West, Colter traversed the area now comprising Yellowstone National Park and discovered several passes through the Rocky Mountains suitable for wagon trains. His escape from the Blackfeet Indians following a footrace for his life has become a legend of the West. Colter died in Missouri in 1813.
Geographic Location: Augusta County
Physical Description of Location: Stuarts Draft, VA 24477. Located on State Route 608, less than 1/5 of a mile north of the intersection of State Route 608 and Stuart Gap Hwy (Hwy 340). Marker is on the left when traveling north on State Route 608.
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