Lewis and Clark Long Camp
Nez Perce National Historical Park
PO Box 1000
Lapwai, ID 83540
WELCOME to Lewis and Clark
After spending the winter of 1805-06 on the
Oregon Coast, Lewis and Clark were eager to return home. Having left
their horses in the care of the Nez Perce they had met the previous
fall, the expedition was compelled to return to Nez Perce country.
By the spring of 1806, the expedition was on the Clearwater River
among the Nez Perce.
Their enthusiasm to return home was dampened
by snow in the Bitterroot Mountains. With their route home blocked,
they spent four weeks (May 14 - June 10) living among the Nez Perce
near present day Kamiah.
They hunted, fished and amused themselves
showing the Nez Perce Indians "the power of magnetism, the
spyglass, compass, watch, air gun and sundry other articles equally
novel and incomprehensible to them." When the time to go
arrived, there was genuine sadness that the two parties would in all
likelihood not see each other again.
Accompanied by three Nez Perce guides, they
left Nez Perce country for good in June, 1806.
In the aftermath of the expedition�s
departure, the promises of a productive relationship with the United
States government proved to ring hollow. In a generation, the
conflict of 1877 would tear asunder any notions of lasting peace and
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