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The Lewis and Clark expedition cross the Continental Divide by way of Lemhi Pass on August 12, 1805, in search of the Shoshone Tribe. The explorers were the first recorded white men to enter Idaho. 

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Lewis and Clark Timeline 1805

Idaho Highlights

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.

Lewis and Clark Timeline 1806

Idaho Highlights

May 9, 1806- Near Orofino, Idaho, 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 at "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 24, 1806- 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.

Idaho's Lewis and Clark Heritage/Art/ Culture

Lewis and Clark Commemorative sculptures in Boise, Salmon, Lewiston   Explore

Idaho Historical Museum, Boise, Idaho - Largest Culture, History and Museum Center in the State of Idaho.

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway - An All-American Road

Lewis and Clark Historical Attractions

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