Before the Roads
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 40.835 W 113° 21.493
12T E 313105 N 4950173
Quick Description: History sign at Leadore.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 10:18:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMF126
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 2

Long Description:
This sign is about the early history of the area and is one of a group of three at the town of Leadore.
Marker Name: Before the Roads

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Shoshone Homeland Native Americans were the first to travel over this rugged country. Most of the year they spent traveling from place to place to find the best salmon, camas and pine nuts. Winters were spent in a sheltered valley along a stream. Later, when they got horses they were able to travel much farther. They rode their horses over the mountains to hunt buffalo in what is now Montana. Lewis and Clark On August 12, 1805, when Capt. Meriwether Lewis crossed Lemhi Pass on his way west, he officially left behind lands claimed by the United States. He had determined it was critical to obtain horses from Sacajawea’s people, the Shoshone, who she felt could be found near here. He followed a large and plain Indian road to the top of the dividing ridge where he “discovered immense ranges of high mountains still to the West”, confirming he still had much difficult land to cross. Fur Trade Early fur traders learned from the Indians how to live on the land and like the Indians spent most of the time traveling from place to place using the same trails. They traded iron tools, tobacco, cloth and trinkets for the furs that were so important to European fashion up until the 1840’s when tastes began to change and furs were less in demand. At about this same time settlers began moving west bringing wagons that required roads to convey them.

County: Lemhi

City: Leadore

Group Responsible for Placement: U.S. Forest Service

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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