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

Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact

Lewis and Clark in Lemhi County

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
1. Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact Marker
Inscription. Lewis's advance party entered the valley below in search of the Lemhi Shoshone, whose horses the Expedition would need to cross the mountains. The first Indians Lewis saw fled before he could reach them, but he soon came upon three women. When Lewis has won their confidence with gifts, they agreed to take the explorers to their camp.
Alerted by the Lemhis who has seen Lewis earlier, sixty warriors galloped up, expecting to find enemy raiders. But when the women showed them the gifts they'd received, alarm turned to joy and the explores were welcomed as honored guests.

"I gave these women some beads a few mockerson (sic) awls some pewter looking-glasses and a little paint... I now painted their tawny cheeks with some vermillion, which with this nation is emblematic of peace." - Meriwether Lewis, August 13, 1805
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 45° 0.228′ N, 113° 37.935′ W. Marker is near Tendoy, Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker is on Warm Springs Road (Forest Road 185) near Back Road (Highway 28), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tendoy ID 83468, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 24, 2017
2. Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact Marker
crow flies. Lewis Learns from the Lemhi Shoshone (here, next to this marker); William Clark's Scouting Mission (here, next to this marker); The Withington Caldera (here, next to this marker); Sacajawea Comes Home (here, next to this marker); Rheumatism and Recreation (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Lemhi (approx. 1.7 miles away); Waters Flowing to the Pacific (approx. 1.8 miles away); MacDonald's Battle (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tendoy.
 
Regarding Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact. This marker is on the Lewis and Clark National Back Country Byway and Adventure Road. The Byway is a 36 mile loop from Tendoy, Idaho to Lemhi Pass and back to Tendoy over gravel roads with a 4000 foot gain and loss in elevation. There are 10 designated stops with pullouts on the Byway and over two dozen information panels and markers on route. Estimated travel time is about 3 hours.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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