Living Life & “Going to Buffalo”
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 58.781 W 113° 26.779
12T E 307124 N 4983604
Quick Description: History sign at Lemhi Pass
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 11:35:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMF3VH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
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Long Description:
This sign is located along the interpretive trail on the west side of Lemhi Pass.
Marker Name: Living Life & “Going to Buffalo”

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Birth and Battle at Lemhi Pass The Aqui-dika, or Salmoneater Shoshones, like many other western Indian tribes, made long treks from the mountains to the plains of the Missouri to hunt bison. For months, even years, they lived their lives on the trail. Sacajawea, like most children, learned landmarks hundreds of miles from her homeland. Some tribes were friendly. Lewis and Clark found Flathead (Salish) Indians living with the Shoshones. Others were fierce enemies. By the 1800s, roaming war parties of the Blackfeet tribe, equipped with guns, dominated the region. Shoshone and Salish people suffered many losses due to the superior weapons of their enemies. Lewis and Clark, and other white men who lived among the Indians, wrote about their experienced and recorded stories told by their hosts. These accounts come to us from an earlier time, filtered through non-Indian eyes and ears. A new Life Arrives Along the Trail “one of the women who had been assisting in the transportation of the baggage halted at a little run (creek) about a mile behind us and sent on the two pack horses which she had been conducting by one of her female friends. I inquired of Cameahwait the cause of her detention, and was informed by him in an unconcerned manner that she had halted to bring fourth a child and would soon overtake us in about an hour the woman arrived with her newborn babe and passed us on her way to the camp apparently as well as she was.” -- Meriwether Lewis, August 26, 1805. A Deadly Battle on the Pass “. . . thirty of his people were massacred last spring, one at a time, by a large party of Black-feet, on the east fork of Salmon river (Lemhi). The little devoted band ad started expressly to retake horses from, or fight the Black-feet, who were, it appears approaching in considerable number, at the same time, determined to fulfill a threat they had made last fall, that they would exterminate the Flat-heads, root and branch. The two parties met on the summit of the pass from that fork to Horse prairie, and a most desperate conflict ensued, which resulted in the total defeat of the Flat-heads, who fought to the last, and perished to a man. The only individual of the party who escaped was separated from the rest in the early part of the action, and fled to tell the disastrous tale.” A Flathead (Salish) Chief told this story to Warren Ferris, who was employed by the American Fur Company in this region from 1830 to 1835. From “Life in The Rocky Mountains” by Warren Angus Ferris. Used with permission of Far West Publishing Co.


County: Lemhi

Group Responsible for Placement: U.S. Forest Service

City: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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