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

Louis and Clark Route

 
 
Louis and Clark Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
1. Louis and Clark Route Marker
Inscription. The Lolo Trail winds its way along ridges of the Bitterroot Mountains from the Weippe Prairie in Idaho to the Bitterroot Valley at Lolo Montana. This ancient travel route had served as a “Land Bridge” for a continental trade system used by generations of early travelers.

Called “Khusahna Ishkit” (Buffalo Trail) by the Nez Perce, it linked the Columbia River Basin tribes and the Northern Indians for thousands of years.

In 1805 Lewis and Clark nearly starved crossing these mountains during the westward leg of their voyage of discovery.

About 750 people (or one-third of the Nez Perce tribe) abandoned their cattle at their Joseph Plains homeland, packed what personal possessions they could on 2,000 horses and followed the Nee-Me-Poo Trail eastward in their 1877 flight from the U.S. Army.

Today, you can follow this route along National Forest Road 500. Interpretive signs, trails, and brochures will help you find many significant points of this ancient route. Because it is a single land dirt road without services, it is not recommended for most recreational vehicles. Please visit a National Forest office for more information.
 
Erected by U. S. Forest Service.
 
Marker series. This marker
Louis and Clark Route Marker (<i>wide view showing adjacent map</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
2. Louis and Clark Route Marker (wide view showing adjacent map)
is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 46° 13.357′ N, 116° 0.586′ W. Marker is near Kamiah, Idaho, in Lewis County. Marker is on U.S. 12 half a mile west of Dyche Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out on the west side of US Highway 12, overlooking the Clearwater River. Marker is in this post office area: Kamiah ID 83536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asa Smith Mission (a few steps from this marker); Long Camp (a few steps from this marker); Nez Perce National Historical Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Trails at Heart of the Monster (approx. 0.9 miles away); Looking Glass (approx. 6.6 miles away); Gold Rush Historic Byway (approx. 13 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 13 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Large wooden marker in good condition
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian
 
Bridge Across the Bitteroots Map Detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
3. Bridge Across the Bitteroots Map Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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