Interpretive Center to show documentary on renowned surveyor David Thompson
While he’s relatively unknown in America, the British-Canadian fur trader, surveyor and map-maker David Thompson in Canada was considered a national hero during his life, and for good reason.
During his career, Thompson mapped over 1.5 million square miles of North America, earning him the title, “the greatest land geographer who ever lived.” Other names Thompson was known as include “Koo-Koo-Sint” or “The Stargazer.”
On Thursday, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center shows a documentary all about Mr. Thompson titled “Uncharted Territory: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau.” The film focuses on the years 1807 through 1812, also the time that Thompson spent in the rocky mountains of Canada and northwestern U.S. It starts at 4 p.m. and is free to attend. The Interpretive Center is collecting food for the local food bank, as well.
While he lived all across the west, some of Thompson’s life was spent in Montana. For instance, in 1809 Thompson settled into the Saleesh House on the Clark Fork River near modern-day Thompson Falls, where he spent the winter. He later returned to Montana in the spring of 1812, where he traveled to the modern-day site of Missoula to view the route that Lewis and Clark had traveled. Later that year he made a trip to the south end of Flathead Lake.
The 58-minute documentary was produced by KSPS Public Television out of Spokane. Donations for Food Bank accepted. The Interpretive Center is located at 4201 Giant Springs Rd. in Great Falls. For more info on the film, check out the event’s Facebook page.