Lewis and Clark Expedition near Tolo Lake
Posted by: Volcanoguy
N 45° 55.056 W 116° 14.300
11T E 559065 N 5085174
Quick Description: Four members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed Cammas Prairie twice in 1806.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/23/2011 12:08:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMAK1P
Published By: RGS
A Marker here describes the passage of four members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across Camas Prairie near here on May , 1806.
Sign Text: Nez Perce, or Nimiipuu as they called themselves, knew when they heard the dove call it meant the salmon had returned to nearby rivers. In the spring of 1806, it was a hungry expedition that camped at Camp Chopunnish (Long Camp) near Kamiah, Idaho. Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark knew they would have to find food if they were to continue their journey. Sargeant John Ordway was detailed to travel along with Privates Frazer and Weiser to the Snake River to trade for salmon with Nez Perce near the mouth of Deer Creek.
Although the exact route is still being debated, Sergeant Ordway and his companions undoubtedly passed north of Tolo Lake on their journey, possibly traveling a trail long used by the Nimiipuu. The Nimiipuu trail going down to the Salmon River is part of a vast network of early trails, parts of which are still visible today.
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Date Waymark Created: 1/23/2011
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