“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

A Shortcut

Captain Lewis in the Missoula Valley

A Shortcut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
1. A Shortcut Marker
Inscription. On the morning of July 3, 1806, Lewis and Clark set in motion a dangerous plan to separate, and explore different routes on their return journey to the Missouri River. As he was both excited and anxious to pursue a rumored shortcut, Lewis wrote:

I could not avoid feeling much concern on this occasion although I hoped this seperation (sic) was only momentary."

Lewis arrived in the Missoula Valley with nine men, seventeen horses, five Nez Perce Indian guides and his Newfoundland dog - Seaman. After a near disastrous river crossing, the group spent the night just west of here along Grant Creek.
On the 4th of July, Lewis and his men said farewell to their guides and proceeded east along a "well beaten" Indian road. They reached the great falls in only 9 days - a far cry from the 57 days it had taken on their westbound journey the previous year.

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After Lewis & Clark

Since ancient times, the Salish Indians have called themselves "The People." They routinely visited the Missoula Valley to dig up bitterroots and to fish for trout. Their name for the area translates as "Place of the Small Bull Trout."
In 1805, the Bitterroot Salish offered their friendship, food, and horses to the 33 members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
A Shortcut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
2. A Shortcut Marker
Marker on the right
Ironically, after the 1855 Hell Gate Council the tribe was forced to move to the Flathead Indian Reservation (10 miles north of Missoula) by a treaty they did not sign. Over 60 other northwest tribes were sent to reservation that same year.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 52.139′ N, 113° 59.814′ W. Marker is in Missoula, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker can be reached from Carousel Drive near South Higgins Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Carousel Drive, Missoula MT 59802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Name That River (here, next to this marker); Northwest Passage (here, next to this marker); Danger Ahead! (a few steps from this marker); Free Speech Corner (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Missoula (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Missoula, Montana (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fort Missoula Post Headquarters (approx. 3˝ miles away); T-1 Post Headquarters (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Missoula.
More about this marker. This marker is in Caras Park on Riverfront Trail, opposite Brennan's Wave.
Categories. EnvironmentNative Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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