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Bones of the Buffaloe
Much Rejoiced
 

Buffalo Road

Upon their return to Travelers' Rest on the 30th of June, 1806, the Corps paused to gather strength for the next leg of the journey, setting out in two parties, in opposite directions, on July 3. Clark headed south up the Bitterroot Valley bound for Camp Disappointment where the canoes had been cached the previous August. On the 6th his contingent followed an Indian "road" over the Continental Divide and into the broad basin of the Big Hole River.

I observe the appearance of old buffalow roads and some heads on this part of the mountain. (proving that formerly Buffs. roved there. Also that this is the best route, for the Buffs. and the Indians always have the best route. Here both were joined).


Only one day later, but about 130 air-miles to the northeast, Lewis would make a similar observation.

--Joseph Mussulman

Bones of the Buffaloe
Much Rejoiced


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)