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

Pheasant Camp

"Here we killed...three pheasants"

Pheasant Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
1. Pheasant Camp Marker
Inscription.  Arriving here in late September 1805, Captain Lewis and a contingent of the Corps of Discovery were cold and hungry. Wearing only worn moccasins, they had struggled over rough, hilly terrain. Climbing over fallen trees and through log strewn creek bottoms, the 100 mile trip over the mountains had taken them eleven agonizing days.
After camping at this meadow, now called Pheasant Camp, Captain Lewis would lead his party on through more gentle meadows and rolling hills. They reached the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) camp near present-day Weippe on September 22, 1805.
The three pheasants which Sgt. Gass referred to where actually ruffed grouse. Today, these birds are often spotted in deciduous and mixed woodlands.

Sgt. Patrick Gass, September 21, 1805
"... passed along the ridge with a great deal of difficulty and fatigue, our march being much impeded by the fallen timber. A great portion of the timber through which we passed along this ridge is dead, and a considerable part fallen and our horses are weak and much jaded.
...We went down this creek about a mile, and encamped on it for the night in a small rich
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bottom. Here we killed a duck and two or three pheasants; and supped upon them and the last of our horse meat. We also killed a wolf and eat it. The hunters did not join us this evening nor the two men who went to look for the horse."
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
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 September 21, 1805.
Location. 46° 17.325′ N, 115° 45.534′ W. Marker is near Glenwood, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Lolo Creek Road near Buckner Creek Road, on the right 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 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Small Prairie Camp (approx. 4.6 miles away); Salmon Trout Camp (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Land Lewis and Clark Walked (approx. 7.8 miles away); Weippe Prairie (approx. 9 miles away); First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 9 miles away); Corps of Discovery (approx. 9 miles away); a different marker also named First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 10.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood.
Pheasant Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2019
2. Pheasant Camp Marker
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 168 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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