Ford on Collins Creek

Ford on Collins (present Lolo) Creek

A packer leads a small team across the creek

Olin Wheeler, The Trail of Lewis and Clark, 1804—1904, Vol. 2, p. 280

A packer and his partner coax a six-animal pack string through the Lolo (Collins) Creek ford on the trail between the Clearwater Canyon and Weippe Prairie. Judging from Lewis's comment, it seems quite likely that the creek was considerably deeper and faster than this in early June, and the horses would have had to swim it with their riders aboard. In June, the rocks in the foreground would certainly have been under water. With sixty-five horses to get across, it is a testament to the skill of the riders and packers that they all made it without an accident. Photo by Olin D. Wheeler, 1902.

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