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The Expedition leaves Weippe and travels by horse along the Lolo Trail, a route the Nez Perce travel to reach the buffalo in present Montana. After lunch at Pheasant Camp, where Lewis camped last fall, they continue to a small prairie.

we proceeded on…to a Small glade of about 10 acres thickly Covered with grass and quawmash, near a large Creek and encamped.

William Clark

Small Prairie Camp

Green meadow, meandering creek, and forest

the rain Seased and Sun Shown out.
we passed through bad fallen timber and a high Mountain this evening.

William Clark

Lolo Trail

Two fallen trees and brush

we halted at the creek, dined and graized our horses.

Meriwether Lewis

Lolo Creek at Pheasant Camp

Large creek and meadow

after dinner we proceeded up the creek about ½ a mile, passing it three times, thence through a high broken country to an Easterly fork of the same creek about 10½ miles and incamped near a small prarie in the bottom land.

Meriwether Lewis

Eldorado Creek

Small waterfall and steep banks

the country is exceedingly thickly timbered with long leafed pine, some pitch pine, larch, white pine, white cedar or arborvita of large size, and a variety of firs.

Meriwether Lewis

Lolo Trail near Small Prairie Camp

Thick trees and brush

the undergrowth principally reed root from 6 to 10 feet high with all the other speceis enumerated the other day.

Meriwether Lewis

Redstem ceanothus, Ceanothus sanguineus

Tall, tree-like brush on the edge of a meadow

On the waters of Kooskooskee Jun: 15th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Wood anemone, Anemone quinquefolia

Small white flower with five petals

This photo is in the public domain, Wikimedia.

Gerardia Suffruticosa. N. Sp. New Species A Small Shrub from the rocky mountain, abundant in piny lands. Jun. 15th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Shrubby penstemon, Penstemon fruticosus

Flower with purple, trumpet shaped petals

Photo © Walter Sigmund. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.

folium—The flowers brown with a fruit of brick red;—On the waters of the Kooskooskee Jun. 15th 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Purple trillium, Trillium petiolatum

Plant with three upright purple petals

Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation as presented on a sign at Fort Osage.

The leaves are made use of by the natives, to make baskets & other ornaments. On high land, Rocky mountains Jun. 15th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Beargrass, Xerophyllum tenax

Green meadow, meandering creek, and forest