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Near Lolo in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Soldiers as Naturalists

 
 
Soldiers as Naturalists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 10, 2018
1. Soldiers as Naturalists Marker
Captions: (bottom center) On this section of the trail, some of the plants they recorded included grand fir, subalpine fir, wester larch, Englemann spruce, whitebark pine, lodgepole pine, mountain lady's slipper, common snowberry, and western huckleberry.; (bottom right) Along Lolo Creek and over the Bitterroot Mountains, Lewis and Clark recorded several animals they'd never seen before: ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, mourning dove, Steller's jay and the broad-tailed hummingbird.
Inscription. Lewis and Clark’s “CORPS OF DISCOVERY” was the first major expedition launched by the United States to explore new lands with an emphasis on scientific inquiry. Lewis spent months being tutored in both physical and biological sciences in preparation for the expedition.
Jefferson’s letter of instruction admonished Lewis and Clark to bring home scientific, anthropological, and geological information.

“Your observations are to be taken with great pains & accuracy, to be entered distinctly, & intelligibly for others as well as for yourself ... several copies of these, as well as your other notes, should be made at leisure times & put into the care of the most trustworthy of your attendants to guard by multiplying them, against the accidental losses to which they will be exposed.”


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
Soldiers as Naturalists Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 10, 2018
2. Soldiers as Naturalists Marker
to Jefferson in Washington, D.C.

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. ExplorationNatural Features
 
Original specimen of the Clarkia pulchella, preserved by Lewis image. Click for full size.
By Meriwether Lewis
3. Original specimen of the Clarkia pulchella, preserved by Lewis
Drawings from the Journals of Lewis and Clark image. Click for full size.
By Meriwether Lewis
4. Drawings from the Journals of Lewis and Clark
 
 
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 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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