Ordway's May 27, 1806 Camp

Nezperce, Idaho

View Southwest

Prairie with rectangular farm fields and a small town

Aerial photographs by Jim Wark using waypoints suggested by Steve L. Russell.

The settlement in the foreground, called Nezperce, is a farmer's market on the high Camas Prairie. The prominent point on the southwest horizon is Cottonwood Butte. On May 27, 1806, Ordway, Frazer, and Weiser rode through this area toward the upper left of the photo and spent the night at an Indian village. When a thunderstorm struck, the Nez Perce evidently offered them shelter in their lodges. Ordway complained, "the Indians grass houses leak."

Funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee.