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

Small Prairie Camp

"...we found two deer..."

Small Prairie Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
1. Small Prairie Camp Marker
Inscription.  In June 1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition members were in good spirits as they began their journey home over the Lolo Trail. Although the men were well fed, rested an had 66 horses to ride and carry their gear, the trails were still very slippery and several horses fell but were not injured. The trail was covered with fallen trees and passage was difficult. At dark they camped at "small prairie' were there was plenty of grass for their horses.
The party passed Collins Creek, which today is called Lolo Creek, and then moved through heavily forested land to this area. Captain Lewis noted several species of pine here and commented that the soil was rich and has a red cast like lands he knew from Virginia.

Capt. Meriwether Lewis, June 15, 1806
" rained very hard in the morning and after collecting our horses we waited (an hour) for it to abait, but as it had every appearance of a settled rain we set out at 10 A.M. we passed a little prarie (sic) at the distance of 8 1/2 me.....
...we found two deer which they had killed and hung up. at the distance of 2 1/2 miles further we arrived at Collins' Creek
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where we found our hunters; they had killed another deer, and had seen two large bear together the one black and the other white....
...the rains have rendered the road very slippery insomuch that it is with much difficulty our horses can get on several of them fell but sustained no injury. after dinner we proceeded up the creek about 1/2 a mile, passing it three times, thence through a high broken country to the Easterly fork of the same creek about 10 1/2 miles and incamped (sic) near a small prarie in the bottom land. the fallen timber in addition to the slippery roads made our march slow and extreemly laborious on our horses."
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 15, 1806.
Location. 46° 17.077′ N, 115° 39.769′ W. Marker is near Glenwood, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Forest Road 500 near Forest Road 514, on the left 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 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salmon Trout Camp (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Land Lewis and Clark Walked (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pheasant Camp
Small Prairie Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
2. Small Prairie Camp Marker
(approx. 4.6 miles away); Gass Creek (approx. 11.8 miles away); Oro Fino City (approx. 14.9 miles away); Chinese Hanging (approx. 14.9 miles away); Gold Discovered (approx. 14.9 miles away); Pierce Gold Rush (approx. 14.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood.
More about this marker. This portion of Forest Service road 500 is not called the Lolo Motorway.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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