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Lemhi Pass


  • Address: ID 28
  • Vicinity: 12 mi E of Tendoy off ID 28, Beaverhead and Salmon National Forests
  • Type: Mountain Pass
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

Immence ranges of high mountains still to the West

In mid-August 1805, Lewis and three other members of the Corps of Discovery had left the main group behind in search of native inhabitants of the area, heading toward Beaverhead Rock. On August 12, this small group came to Lemhi Pass, a two-mile span stretching across the present-day border between Montana and Idaho. Nestled among these mountains and bridging the gap between the ranges of the Rockies, Lemhi Pass maintains its unobtrusive, yet momentous, place in our nation's history. As they ventured westward, the party came across some of the most imposing landscapes that they had ever encountered--peaks upon jagged peaks as far as the eye could see. The crossing of this pass--the Continental Divide, a ridge extending North and South along the Rocky Mountains' Beaverhead Range--would prove one of the greatest achievements of Lewis and Clark's expedition to the West Coast. The first Americans to do so, the crew officially left United States territory, journeyed into disputed lands claimed by various European powers and reaffirmed their desire to reach the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his men also came to the westernmost reaches of the now less than mighty Missouri River. - NPS


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1805/08/12 Meriwether Lewis Explorer Lewis Advance Party crosses the Continental Divide through Lemhi Pass Lewis and Clark Expedition
1805/08/26 John Colter Explorer Corps of Discovery crosses the Continental Divide through Lemhi Pass Lewis and Clark Expedition
1805/08/26 Meriwether Lewis Explorer Corps of Discovery crosses the Continental Divide through Lemhi Pass Lewis and Clark Expedition
1805/08/26 William Clark Explorer Corps of Discovery crosses the Continental Divide through Lemhi Pass Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Physiographic feature Mountain Pass

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Particulars for Lemhi Pass:
Area of Significance Exploration-settlement
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Natural Feature
Historic Use Pedestrian Related
Criteria Person
Sight Category Site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Lemhi Pass
Registry Address: 12 mi. E of Tendoy off ID 28, in Beaverhead and Salmon National Forests
Registry Number: 66000313
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Area in Acres: 5550
Contributing Sites: 4
Non-Contributing Structures: 2
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Exploration-settlement
Applicable Criteria: Event, Person
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1805
Associated People: Lewis,Meriwether et al.
Historic Function: Transportation, Landscape
Historic Sub-Function: Pedestrian related, Natural feature
Current Function: Transportation, Domestic, Agriculture, subsistence
Current Sub-Function: Road-related Camp

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