Missoula in Missoula County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Captain Lewis in the Missoula Valley
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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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.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 52.08′ N, 46° 52.14′ E. 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.
More about this marker. This marker is in Caras Park on Riverfront Trail, opposite Brennan's Wave.
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.