Near Lolo in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Soldiers as Naturalists
Jefferson’s letter of instruction admonished Lewis and Clark to bring home scientific, anthropological, and geological information.
Many plants and animals familiar to American Indians in the West were unknown to the people in the eastern United States before the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. In fact, President Jefferson instructed Lewis to keep an eye out for mastodons! They kept detailed journals of “new” species they observed. They also shipped bird skins, furs and even live animals -- four magpies, one sharp-tailed grouse and one prairie dog -- from Fort Mandan, North Dakota, back
The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped here on September 12, 1805.
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 44.718′ N, 114° 31.134′ W. Marker is near Lolo, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker is on Lolo Creek Road (U.S. 12) near Forest Road 4232, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37833 U.S. Highway 12, Lolo MT 59847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cycles and Circles (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark Route (approx. 7.6 miles away in Idaho); Lolo Summit (approx. 8.1 miles away in Idaho); Lewis and Clark (approx. 8.1 miles away in Idaho); Nez Perce Trail (approx. 8.2 miles away in Idaho); Lolo Trail Crossing (approx. 11 miles away in Idaho); Checkerboard Legacy (approx. 11 miles away in Idaho).
Also see . . . Lewis and Clark as Naturalists. In this site, you will be able to follow the Lewis and Clark trail, and discover the flora and fauna as they described it along the way (Submitted on September 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Exploration • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.