Lemhi Valley
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 kiosk on Warm Springs Road.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 4:51:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMF5QW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 2

Long Description:
This sign is located on the backside of the Lewis and Clark Back Country Byway sign in the interpretive kiosk along Warm Springs Road west of Lemhi Pass.
Marker Name: None

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Explorers, missionaries, miners and settlers all came to this valley bringing with them great changes for those people already here. Searching for the Lemhi Shoshone tribe in the hope of acquiring horses, the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed over Lemhi Pass in August of 1805. Without immediately realizing it, they entered the home of the people for whom they had been looking. Soon after descending from the pass they encountered a group of Shoshone led by Sacajawea’s brother, Cameahwait. The name Lemhi, found in the Book of Mormon as “Limhi” was bestowed on the valley by the missionaries and later came to denote many of the valley’s features, including the indigenous people, the river which runs through it, the mountain range which bounds the south and west side, the pass over which Lewis and Clark crossed, and the tiny community near here. For the short, three-year period between 1855 and 1858, the Mormon Church maintained the Salmon River Mission and Fort Lemhi along the Lemhi River. Although they co-existed with the Shoshone well at first, the missionaries found themselves at odds with the tribe and were forced from the valley. In the mid-1860s prospectors came in search of gold, silver, and other precious minerals. Only a few found enough of the glittery bounty to keep food on the table. The people who made the real money were those who kept the prospectors supplied with food, clothing, and tools. Roads were built, opening the country to stagecoaches and freight lines. Cattle ranching and farming boomed and many small towns sprung up as the centers of commerce and social life. Unaccustomed to the practices of the white settlers, but left wit little choice, the Lemhi Shoshone-Bannock were forced to adapt. Following in the footsteps of his great aunt Sacajawea, Chief Tendoy was instrumental in the diplomacy which maintained the peace between his people and the white settlers in the valley for four decades.

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

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