|Lewis and Clark The story
The Lewis and Clark expedition across the present day United States began May 14, 1804. With the approval of President Jefferson and the U.S. Congress, Lewis and Clark gathered an exploration party of about four dozen men. These men headed off to discover Western America. On September 1, 1805, they arrived at the Bitterroot Mountains, near present day Idaho. This began a nightmare that would not end until they reached modern-day Weippe.
September 1, 1805, the explorers set out traveling west, heading into rough, seldom traveled, mountainous country. They stopped at todayís North Fork of the Salmon River, known as Fish Creek to Lewis and Clark, where they caught five fish, and were able to kill a deer (MacGregor 125). Some of the menís feet and horseís hooves were injured due to the rough, rocky terrain.
The next day, they were entering mountains far more difficult to pass than any American had ever attempted (Ambros 284). Clark describes t...