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On August 9, 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis along with three men ( Shields, Drouillard, McNeal) set out ahead of the main party in an attempt to find the Shoshone Indian tribe. Lewis's party, which was following an Indian road, passed through the fourth range of the Rocky Mountains of western Montana and east-central Idaho on August 10, 1805.

Lewis crossed the Continental Divide by way of Lemhi Pass and entered Idaho on August 12, 1805.

" we proceeded on to the top of the dividing ridge from which I discovered immense ranges of high mountains still to the West of us with their tops partially covered with snow."    Idaho Map

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Lemhi Pass/Continental Divide

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A. Lemhi Pass/Continental Divide: Lewis crossed the Continental Divide on August 12, 1805
Idaho view from Lemhi Pass << View from Lemhi Pass

B.  Cameahwait's Village ( Tendoy Field):  The village was located at two different places, both in present day Lemhi County, the first 7 miles north of Tendoy on the east bank of the Lemhi River.  The second location was about 3 miles to the south and upstream on the same bank of the Lemhi, both only accessible on foot.  Both sites are unmarked and are on private land.  The village was the base camp for the Clark group reconnaissance of the Salmon River.  They purchased food and horses for the trek across the Lolo Trail and recruited Old Toby as a guide for the Expedition.  It was here that Captain Clark gave ornithologists the first description of Clark's Nutcracker, a crow-sized bird with flashing back, white and gray coloration, still frequently seen in the area. 

C.  Salmon River Reconnaissance by Captain Clark 


Continental Divide Photos















Beaverhead Mountains, Bitterroot Range, Salmon, Idaho
Beaverhead Mountains, Bitterroot Range ,Salmon, Idaho

Looking into Idaho from Lemhi Pass (Ridge Road)
Lemhi Pass (Ridge Road)

Idaho side of Lemhi Pass
Lemhi Pass




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