Lewis and Clark were reunited at this site after parting company near the Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers. Lewis arrived first and lodged with a band of Shoshone. When the Indians began preparing to head east to their buffalo hunting grounds, Lewis persuaded them to wait for Clark's return. When at last Clark arrived with Sacagawea, she recognized the leader of the Shoshone as her brother. It was in part this fortunate twist of fate that led to the Shoshone agreeing to help the expedition cross the Continental Divide-and gave the camp its name.
The Journey of Lewis and Clark
The Voyage of Discovery Continues: Another view of the Journey of Lewis and Clark.
As one of the most remarkable and productive scientific explorations in American history, the Corps of Discovery expedition crossed the territory of the newly acquired but uncharted Louisiana Purchase.
Near the current location of Gavins Point Dam at the base of Calumet Bluff, expedition members met with local tribal leaders in a ceremonial council under a large oak tree. The council lasted two days and was described in Clark's journal as rather an elaborate affair.