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Near Syringa in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Indian Post Office

"Walking on Sacred Ground"

Indian Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
1. Indian Post Office Marker
Inscription.  "...This trail so old it used from time of creation by Nez Perce people to go to Montana to hunt Buffalo and some time to war other tribes of Indians, when Red Bear come to Indians Post Office on this trail, he tell Lewis - Clark and all, stop here, this is very place Indians come to send message - and to get Indian spirit medicine and do Indian worship in Indian custom - Here is where the Monster - the Big Coyote come to make powerful medicine for Indian...." -- Sam Lott - Many Wounds

"Tribal members are still using the trail as they did for thousands of years and generations. The are still hunting, fishing, picking berries, and gathering plants for food and medicine." -- Sandi McFarland 2003

Indian Post office is still a sacred place to be honored and respected.

"It's like walking on sacred ground." -- Mylie Lawyer 2002

Lonesome Cove Camp, Cape. William Clark, September 16, 1805
"... Steep hills Side & falling timber Continue to day, and a thickly timbered Countrey of 8 different kinds of pine, which are So covered with snow, that in passing thro them
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we are continually covered with Snow, I have been wet and as cold in every part as I ever was in my life, indeed I was at one time fearfull my feet would freeze in the thin mocker sons which I wore, after a Short delay in the middle of the Day, I took one man and proceeded on as fast as I could about 6 miles to a Small branch passing to the right, halted and built fires for the party agains their arrival which was at Dusk verry cold and much fatigued we Encamped at this branch in a thickly timbered bottom which was Scercely large enough for us to lie leavil, men all wet cold and hungary. Killed a Second Colt which we all Suped hartily on and thought it fine meat."

This camp is located in the glade below about one mile northwest.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 1805.
Location. 46° 32.781′ N, 114° 59.29′ W. Marker is near Syringa, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Lolo Motorway (Forest Road 500) near Forest Road 566, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kooskia ID 83539, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles
Indian Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
2. Indian Post Office Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard Camp (approx. 3.9 miles away); Nímíípuu and Selish (approx. 5.9 miles away); Welcome to Colgate Licks (approx. 6.1 miles away); My Name is K'useynisskit (approx. 8 miles away); Nimiipuum Wetes (approx. 8 miles away); Smoking Place (approx. 9.2 miles away); Songs Of Sadness On This Sacred Path (approx. 10 miles away); "...Observe the face of the country..." (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syringa.
More about this marker. The term motorway as applied to the Lolo Motorway should be understood as it was originally defined and not the expressway with think of today. The Lolo Motorway was built by the CCC in the 1930s over practically impassable terrain (for automobiles). In places the road is extremely rocky, steep and narrow with shear drop-offs. In short, the Lolo Motorway should only be driven by 4WD vehicles and the like.
Indian Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
3. Indian Post Office Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 562 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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