Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"conic mound(s) of Stone"

Photos: John Everett

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But there's more than one Rock Pile according to:

(who lose points for spelling errors)

"None of the Lewis and Clark Expedition accounts mentions the presence of rock cairns at this place leading us to believe the route they followed left something of interest. No one has verified what purpose the cairs may have once served. Other mounds of rock can be found elsewhere along the Lolo Trail. Some believe these cairns marked a dividing trail off the main ridge trail. Others say these cairns were a place for early travelers to leave messages for those who would follow. This ara was named Indian Post Office in the early 1900s."

The photo above, found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/manitobamuseum/2621303839/ , is captioned: "Indian Postoffice, well known to hunters and woodsmen, elevation 7036, highest point on the old Lolo Indian Trail between Lolo, Montana and the Clearwater River near Kamiah, Idaho. Location of these landmarks shown here was shown on Bitterroot Reserve Maps of 1898 and were probably here when Lewis and Clark came by in 1805-06. However, the "conic mound of Stons" mentioned by the explorers, was 10-15 miles from this point."

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