Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Travelers' Rest

The Corps of Discovery arrived at Travelers' Rest on September 9, 1805. journal "We camped on the bank of a creek which runs into the Small River about 2 miles below and bottoms of cotton timber. Smooth handsome plains on each Side of the this creek, and pleanty of choke cherries. Mountains of Snow back to our left."  John Ordway
Lewis and Clark camped here again upon their return journey, July 3, 1806.  journal

Of the hundreds of camps the Corps made on their journey, this is the only location we know for sure they camped at.

One of three fire hearths


The latrine provided the final piece of evidence that the Corps of Discovery camped here

Clark used two common treatments for the men's aliments. Bleeding and Dr. Benjamin Rush's Bilious Pills, commonly called "Rush's Thunderbolts."  They were a powerful laxative containing mercurous chloride. They caused severe diarrhea in a matter of minutes. 
Traces of mercury vapor were detected in the excavated latrine,  July 2002.

How Traveler's Rest may have appeared in 1805. Photo taken 1890

Lolo Creek today. 

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