Lewis Learns from the Lemhi Shoshone
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 45° 00.234 W 113° 37.950
12T E 292532 N 4986755
Quick Description: History sign at Lewis and Clark Back Country Byway interpretive Site on Warm Springs Road.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 8:01:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMF5RV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
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Long Description:
One of five signs located around the Lewis and Clark Back Country Byway Kiosk along Warm Springs Road west of Lemhi Pass.
Marker Name: Lewis Learns from the Lemhi Shoshone

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
“these people had been attacked by the Minetares of Fort de prarie this spring and about 20 of them killed and taken prisoners . . . to avoid their enemies they were obliged to remain in the interior of these mountains . . . sometimes living without meat and only a little fish roots and berries.” - Meriwether Lewis August 13, 1805 At the Lemhi Shoshone camp Lewis learned of the danger and hunger that threatened the tribe. He asked the chief about routes west, but Cameahwait’s descriptions were discouraging: rocky rivers, deep canyons, terrible mountains. Lewis proposed an arrangement. If the Lemhis and their horses would help the Corps of Discovery cross the mountains, the explorers would complete their voyage to Pacific, return home, and send traders with the guns the Lemhis wanted for defense against their enemies But the Lemhis were suspicious of Lewis. Only a courageous few went east with Cameahwait to help the Expedition.

County: Lemhi

Group Responsible for Placement: BLM

City: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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