Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact
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 8:19:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMF5RX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

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: Meriwether Lewis Makes Contact

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
“I gave these women some beads a few mockerson awls some pewter looking-glasses and a little paint . . . I now painted their tawny cheeks with some vermillion, which with this nation is emblematic of peace.” - Meriwether Lewis August 13, 1805 Lewis’s advance party entered the valley below in search of the Lemhi Shoshone, whose horses the expedition would need to cross the mountains. The first Indians Lewis saw fled before he could reach them, but he soon came upon three women. Wen Lewis had won their confidence with gifts they agreed to take the explorers to their camp. Alerted by the Lemhis who had seen Lewis earlier, sixty warriors galloped up, expecting to find many raiders. But when the women showed them the gifts they’d received, alarm turned to joy and the explorers were welcomed as honored guests.


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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