Lolo Hot Springs, Montana   2 comments

Day 31, we headed for one of our most challenging driving days. Over 2 steep passes. The first was not bad, Big Hole Pass (7,428 Altitude).

We stopped at Big Hole National Battlefield, where we viewed a good film (20 min) of the Nez Perce war. What a sad event. In May, 1877, the U.S. Government told the nontreaty Nez Perce that they would forcibly move them onto a new, smaller reservation if they did not do so willingly by June 14th. After a few small battles at various locations, at Big Hole on Aug. 9-10, the Nez Perce lost between 60-90 people (mostly women and children) in a surprise attack under Col. John Gibbon. After a 1,100 mile chase, the U.S. Army besieged the Nez Perce and their allies at Bear Paw in Northern, Montana. Some fled to Canada, others, exhausted from the ordeal, were forced to surrender. Below is a picture of the area where the Big Hole battle was held. You can see the tipis they have put up to honor the Indians who lost their lives.

BUT Chief Joseph Pass was quite steep. As we came around the bend, a deer was drinking from a puddle of water.

Then we were greeted by a sign that said winding road next 99 miles! We held back at 25 miles per hour, as the suggested by the highway signs, with the exception of one switchback, which was 20 miles per hour.

I took a few pictures of the canyon where Lewis and Clark began their climb from the river canyon to the ridge (Lolo Trail) on their journey west in 1805.

Once over the LoLo Pass, we saw the Warm Springs suspension bridge which Bill decided to shake while I was walking across it…..


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