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

Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory

 
 
Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
1. Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory Marker
Inscription. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped near here September 9 through 11, 1805, while traveling through the ancient territory of the Salish and Pend d'Orielle people. Since time immemorial, the tribes have known this place as Tmsmli (approximately pronounced tim-sum-lee), meaning "No Salmon," a name originating in their creation stories. Lewis and Clark called it Travelers Rest, and it later became known as Lolo Creek. Here the party rested the horses they had acquired from the Salish and unsuccessfully attempted to secure a supply of game for their difficult westward trip across the Bitterroot Mountains.
It was at Travelers Rest that the party confirmed the presence of the Indian route up the Blackfoot River to the Great Plains east of the Rockies. This ancient trail of the Salish and Pend d'Orielle people was also used by allied tribes to the West, including the Nez Perce. It was part of a sophisticated network of aboriginal trails that crisscrossed the northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest.
Lewis and Clark returned to camp on Lolo Creek from June 30 to July 3, 1806. They stocked up on deer meat, ran races with their Nez Perce guides, readied their gear, and finalized their plans to separate before returning to St. Louis.
 
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Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 11, 2018
2. Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 46° 44.516′ N, 114° 4.884′ W. Marker is near Lolo, Montana, in Missoula County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 93 near Delarka Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13498 U.S. Highway 93, Lolo MT 59847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bitterroot Valley, Homeland of the Selíš (here, next to this marker); Uncovering the Expedition (approx. 0.6 miles away); Following Formation (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Journey Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Travellers Rest (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Crossroads of Culture (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Lolo Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark on Lolo Creek (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lolo.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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