Lewis Crossing shows that how on the homeward journey, on July 3, 1806, the Lewis and Clark party divided at Travelers’ Rest Camp (at the eastern end of the Lo Lo Trail). Clark headed south and then eastward toward the Yellowstone River. Captain Lewis, with fourteen men, including five Indians, started on a quest to “find a direct route” to the falls of the Missouri and to explore the Marias River. The plan was to reunite with Captain Clark and his party at the junction of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers.
From Travelers’ Rest, the Lewis party continued down the west side of Clark’s River until they came to an eastward branch over which they crossed their goods on three rafts, while the Indians crossed on horseback.
The Lewis Crossing shows Lewis and his party crossing the Clark Fork River near present-day Missoula, Montana. In the background are the Bitterroot Mountains, through which runs the Lo Lo Trail.
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