August 12, 1805 - Lewis travels up Lemhi
Pass - the first U.S. Citizen to cross the
Continental Divide. August 17, 1805 - Sacagawea reunites with her family.
Sept. 14, 1805 - Colt Killed Creek,
Idaho. The route over the Bitterroot Mountains
takes the explorers into some of the worst
terrain in the Rockies. This is the most
agonizing part of their entire journey.
Sept. 20, 1805 - The camp was between Dollar and Sixbit
Creeks, Idaho. In order to get through the
Bitterroots-Lewis and Clark split the
party-Clark and six men push ahead. Clark emerges from the wooded mountains at Weippe
Prairie and encounters the Nez PercÚ.
Sept. 22, 1805 - Weippe Prairie, Idaho.
Lewis and the rest of the men catch up to Clark with the Nez PercÚ. Lewis and Clark explain their mission to the Nez PercÚ
and request assistance in building canoes so
that they can proceed onward by water.
By October 6- Canoes are completed and
they are on their way.
on the Nez Perce Reservation. The Nez Perce
return twenty-one of the Corps' horses to them, cared
for all winter by the Nez Perce. May 14,
1806- The camp
Chopunnish," near Kamiah, Idaho,on the Nez Perce Reservation - This is the
longest camp of any other than the three winter
encampments of the Corps (Camp Dubois, Fort
Mandan, Fort Clatsop). The Corps wait
until the snow melts in the mountains so that
they can pass over the Continental Divide and
return to the east. June
Eldorado Creek - The Corps set out once again
for the mountains accompanied by three Nez Perce
guides. That night, the Nez Perce set some fir
trees on fire, a spectacular show which reminded
Lewis of "a display of fireworks." The Indians
did this as a good omen for favorable weather
during their journey.
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