The Friends of Pompeys Pillar recognizes that protecting Pompeys Pillar is the responsibility of all Americans because it belongs to all Americans. This serene area along the banks of the Yellowstone River lends itself to a variety of educational subjects: geography, geology, biology, botany, and mathematics. It is a premier site for bird watching, with more than 200 known species recorded at the Pillar. Deer, beaver, and fox still call the Rock their home, and at some point in the future, buffalo will again return to Pompeys Pillar.
When the Don and Stella Foote family found it could no longer afford the liability associated with making the Rock accessible to the public, a dedicated group of volunteers formed the Pompeys Pillar Preservation Committee; their goal was to ensure that the Pillar would become public land. After changing their name the Pompeys Pillar Historical Association achieved its initial goal in 1991, when the Bureau of Land Management assumed ownership of the property.
Shortly thereafter, the Association began work on its second goal: National Monument status for Pompeys Pillar, which was designated a National Landmark in 1965. After years of working with the U.S. Department of the Interior and through the support of the Montana Congressional Delegation, President Clinton rewarded the Association’s efforts by designating the Pillar a National Monument in January 2001.
In 2006, The Pompeys Pillar Historical Association, working in partnership with the BLM and other private and public entities raised the funding to build an Interpretive Center. The Interpretive Center opening coincided with the Bi-Centennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 2006 was chosen as the Bi-Centennial date at Pompeys Pillar to commemorate the visit of Captain William Clark’s visit to Pompeys Pillar on July 25, 1806.
In July 2006 Yellowstone County and Pompeys Pillar National Monument hosted the multiday Bicentennial Signature Event Clark on the Yellowstone.
In 2013, the Pompeys Pillar Historical Association became the Friends of Pompeys Pillar. The name was changed to better reflect the role that the organization plays in supporting the national monument.
The main roles that the organization plays, in partnership with the BLM, are recruiting and coordinating volunteers, raising funding for projects and providing educational and promotional support for Pompeys Pillar National Monument. In addition, the Friends of Pompeys Pillar assists and cooperates with the Bureau of Land Management in the development, planning, construction and maintenance of the site at the Pompeys Pillar National Monument.
To preserve and protect Pompeys Pillar National Monument through special projects, education, interpretation, and to support the BLM in it’s management of the site.