This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration files for "Fort Clatsop National Memorial" (with photographs), "Lemhi Pass" (with photographs), "Lolo Trail" (with photographs), and other primary and secondary sources. The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Documenting the Uncharted Northwest was written by Theresa Campbell-Page, a National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers historian and Mike Chin, a former student intern to the Teaching with Historic Places program from Pomona College in California. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country.
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Visiting the site
The Lolo Trail is administered by the National Park Service and Clearwater National Forest, and is part of the Nez Perce National Historical Park. The 150-mile-long trail extends from Lolo, Montana, to Weippe Prairie, Idaho. There are two main National Park Service Visitor Centers, one at Park Headquarters in Spalding, Idaho, 11 miles east of Lewiston and the other at Big Hole National Battlefield, 10 miles west of Wisdom, Montana. The Visitor Center at Spalding, Idaho is open in the winter months from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. in the summer. The Visitor Center at Big Hole National Battlefield near Wisdom, Montana is open in the winter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and in the summer from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please write the Superintendent, Nez Perce National Historical Park, 39063 U.S. Highway 95, Spalding, ID 83540-9715, or visit the park's website. To contact Clearwater National Forest please write Forest Supervisor, Clearwater National Forest, 12730 Highway 12, Orofino, ID, 83544, or visit their website.
Fort Clatsop National Memorial, administered by the National Park Service, is located in Astoria, Oregon. It is open daily during the summer from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and daily during the winter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed December 25. The accompanying Salt Works are located in nearby Seaside, OR. To reach the salt works, drive on U.S. Highway 101 to the town of Seaside. Turn west on Avenue G and follow the signs to South Beach Drive and Lewis & Clark Way. This site is an outdoor exhibit and is open year round. For more information write to the Superintendent, Fort Clatsop National Memoral, 92343 Fort Clatsop Rd., Astoria, OR 97103-9197, or visit the park's website.