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Crossing the Bitterroots

An actor portraying an expedition member during the crossing of the Bitterroots

On September 11, 1805, the expedition began its 160-mile (260-kilometer) trek through the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Over 11 days they, in Lewis’s words, “suffered everything Cold, Hunger, & Fatigue could impart.” Starving, they emerged from the mountains near present-day Weippe, Idaho, and into Nez Perce villages.

Photograph by John Livzey

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