“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lolo, Montana Historical Markers

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By Barry Swackhamer, May 10, 2018
A Crossroads of Culture Marker
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — A Crossroads of Culture
Native Travelers at Tmsmli You are standing at the heart of a well-used campsite and gathering place used by people for thousands of years. Traveling along time-worn trails from the four directions, families, hunters and explorers came . . . — Map (db m123237) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Bitterroot Valley, Homeland of the Selíš
Since Coyote first prepared this place for human beings, the Bitterroot Valley has been the homeland of the Salish-speaking peoples of western Montana -- the Qlispé (Kalispel or Pend d'Orielle) and the closely- related Selíš (Bitterroot Salish or . . . — Map (db m123384) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Cycles and CirclesThe Montana Legacy
The landscape around you has changed since Lewis and Clark first saw it in September 1805. Back then it was the aboriginal territory of the Nez Perce and Salish people. This Native Americans had less impact on natural ecological processes than did . . . — Map (db m123127) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Following FormationLewis & Clark at Travelers’ Rest
As researchers worked to pin-point the location of the Travelers’ Rest campsite, they had an unlikely ally -- an 18th century Prussian Baron. During the Revolutionary War, Baron William Frederick Von Steuben, at the request of George Washington, . . . — Map (db m123254) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Fort Fizzle
(Three panels, presented left to right, form this marker.) The Flight of the Nez Perce In Search of Peace In the mid-1870s the United States government attempted to force the Nez Perce (Nee-Mee-Poo or Nimiipu) people . . . — Map (db m123125) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Lewis and Clark in Salish Territory
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 . . . — Map (db m123385) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Lewis and Clark on Lolo Creek"verry bad passing..."
West bound, the trip up Lolo Creek was the start of a remarkably arduous and life-threatening part of the expedition's journey. Eastbound, the passage down Lolo Creek represented victory over one of the most formidable barriers to cross-country . . . — Map (db m123124) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Outwitted and Outflanked
One-half mile west of here, a steep, narrow ravine runs north from Lolo Creek, In the early morning of the fourth day of standoff, the Nez Perce ascended the ridge next to this ravine. Using skills acquired by life in the mountains and plateaus of . . . — Map (db m123241) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Pauses and Parleys
About twenty miles west of here at Lolo Hot Springs, the Nez Perce heard that soldiers were coming, so they moved cautiously and set up camp four miles from here. Three parleys (meetings) between Nez Perce, soldiers, and citizens were held over . . . — Map (db m123240) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Soldiers as Naturalists
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 . . . — Map (db m123129) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Taking Cover...
During the Civil War, soldiers often fought out in the open causing thousands of casualties. Because of this, the military decided to formally instruct and equip soldiers to entrench themselves. Soldiers and citizens here fully embraced this new . . . — Map (db m123239) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — The "Soldiers' Corral"
You're standing in a replica of an entrenchment and breastworks similar to those built north of this point in July 1877. Notice the gap between the bottom and top logs. Rifle barrels could be slid through this opening while the logs provided . . . — Map (db m123238) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — The Journey Home
"Capts. Lewis and Clark parted here with their parties & proceed on" Sergeant John Ordway, Thursday July 3, 1806 An often overlooked aspect of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is the decision to separate when they left Travelers' Rest on . . . — Map (db m123256) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — The Lolo Trail
The route that lies west of here, the Lolo Trail, was different from other east-west 19th century Americans trails. It did not witness a flood of cross-county migration. There were no covered wagons here. Unmapped and shifting over time, it . . . — Map (db m123123) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — The Nez Perce Sikum
Sikum is the Nez Perce word for horse. The Nez Perce people were introduced to the horse in the 1730’s. The word “appaloosa” was created by white settlers. The Nez Perce learned through selective breeding that they could . . . — Map (db m123126) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Travellers Rest
Bitter Root Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Missoula, Montana dedicate this marker to Captains Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea, their inspiration and guide, and the brave men of the Trans-Mississippi Expedition who encamped on Lo Lo . . . — Map (db m123243) HM
Montana (Missoula County), Lolo — Uncovering the Expedition
For may years, the campsite known as Travelers’ Rest was thought to be located at the confluence of today’s Lolo Creek and the Bitterroot River (1 1/2 miles east of where you now stand). It wasn’t until 1996 that members of the Travelers’ Rest . . . — Map (db m123255) HM

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