“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Green Swoard Camp

"...tremendious Mountains entirely Cover with Snow..."

Green Swoard Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
1. Green Swoard Camp Marker
Inscription.  The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed this site in late September, 1805. On their return journey in June 1806, they camped on the open hillside. The party has been traveling on top of several feet of snow in most areas so the grassy feed found here in the spring was a welcome change.
Seventy years later, the Lolo Trail was the route used by the Nimiipuu to cross the Bitterroot Mountains in an effort to escape the U.S. Army. The military, lead by General Oliver O. Howard camped on this steep hillside on August 3, 1877. One soldier noted, "According as the tents were pitched, or beds made in them, we slept almost erect or standing on our heads."

Capt. William Clark, June 26, 1806
"... we assended and decended Several Steep lofty hights but keeping on the divide ridge of the Chopunnish & Kooskooske river we passed no Stream of water. late in the evening much to the Satisfaction of ourselves and the Comfort of the horses we arrived at the desired Spot and Encamped on the Steep Side of a Mountain Convenient to a good Spring.
here we found an abundance of fine grass for our horses. this Situation was the Side
Green Swoard Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
2. Green Swoard Camp Marker
of an untimbered mountain with a fair Southern aspect had been disolved about 10 days, the grass was young and tender of course and had much the appearance of the Green Swoard...."
Erected by National Forest Service, Clearwater National Forest; Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 27.082′ N, 115° 14.449′ W. Marker is near Syringa, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Lolo Motorway (Forest Road 500) near Liz Butte Road, on the left when traveling west. 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 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smoking Place (approx. 4˝ miles away); Nimiipuum Wetes (approx. 7˝ miles away); My Name is K'useynisskit (approx. 7˝ miles away); Nímíípuu and Selish (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Lolo Trail (approx. 8.9 miles away); Howard Camp (approx. 10 miles away); "to our inexpressable joy" (approx. 11.8 miles away); Selway - Bitterroot Wilderness (approx. 11.8 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 high clearance, 4WD vehicles and the like.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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