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The following fact sheet provides short, interesting Lewis and Clark Quotes about Sacagawea, plants, animals, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, the Expedition and the Pacific Ocean covering 1804, 1805 and 1806.

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Animals: "The Mink is found in the woody country on this coast and does not differ in any particular from those of the Atlantic coasts." Meriwether Lewis quote on February 23, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Animals: "A species of Lizzard called by the French prarie buffalo are native of these plains as well as of those of the Missouri. I have called them the horned Lizzard." Meriwether Lewis quote on May 29, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Animals: "The Silver fox this animal is very rare even in the country where it exists; I have never seen more than the Skins of this anamal and those were in the possession of the natives of the woody Country below the great falls of the Columbia" Meriwether Lewis quote on February 21, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Animals: "Caught one a live by poreing a great quantity of Water in his hole." Quote by Meriwether Lewis on the Prairie Dog on September 7, 1804

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Animals: "The large woolf found here is not as large as those of the atlantic states. they are lower and thicker made shorter leged. their color which is not effected by the seasons, is gray or blackish brown and every intermediate shade from that to a creen [cream] colored white; these wolves resort [to] the woodlands and are also found in the plains, but never take refuge in the ground or burrow so far as I have been able to inform myself. we scarcely see a gang of buffalo without observing a parsel of those faithfull shepherds on their skirts in readiness to take care of the mamed wounded. the large wolf never barks, but howls as those of the atlantic states do." Quote about the Gray Wolf by Meriwether Lewis on May 5, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Plants: "Found two species of native clover here, the one with a very narrow small leaf & a pale red flower." Quote by Meriwether Lewis on Thin-leaved Owl Clover July 2, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Plants: "In walking on Shore with the Interpreter & his wife, Geathered on the Sides of the Hills wild Lickerish & the white apple…" Quote by William Clark on Wild Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota) May 08,1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Plants: "Some Native American children enjoyed the sweet nectar, eating the flowers like candy. The Cheyenne made a tea to relieve coughing." Quote by Meriwether Lewis on Pink Elephants (Pedicularis groenlandica) July 6, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Sacagawea: "The men who were complaining of the head ake and cholick yesterday and last night are much better to day. Shabonos Squar gathered a quantity of fenel roots which we find very paliatiable and nurushing food" Clark, May 16, 1806

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Sacagawea: "Charbono and his Indian woman were also of the party; the Indian woman was very impo[r]tunate to be permitted to go, and was therefore indulged; she observed that she had traveled a long way with us to see the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be seen, she thought it very hard she could not be permitted to see either" (she had never yet been to the Ocean).

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Sacagawea and the role of a Shoshone woman: "They collect the wild fruits and roots, attend to the horses or assist in that duty, cook, dress the skins and make all the apparel, collect wood and make their fires, arrange and form their lodges [brush teepees], and when they travel, pack the horses and take charge of all the baggage; in short the man dose [does] little else except attend his horses hunt and fish" Quote by Meriwether Lewis on August 19, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Oregon: "This evening we had what I call an excellent supper it consisted of a marrowbone a piece and a brisket of boiled Elk that had the appearance of a little fat on it. this for Fort Clatsop is living in high stile." — Meriwether Lewis on February 7, 1806 at Fort Clatsop

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Montana: "The hills and river clifts which we passed today exhibit a most romantic appearance. The bluffs of the river rise to the hight of from 2 to 300 feet and in most places nearly perpendicular... the soft sand clifts woarn into a thousand grotesque figures . . . with the help of a little immagination are made to represent the eligant ranges of lofty freestone buildings... collumns of various sculpture both grooved and plain... with the help of less immagination we see the remains of ruins of eligant buildings." Montana Quote about Eagle Creek in Chouteau County, Montana on May 31, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Montana: "I should have returned from hence but hearing a tremendous roaring above me I continued my rout across the point of a hill a few hundred yards further and was again presented by one of the most beautiful objects in nature, a cascade of about fifty feet perpendicular stretching at right angles across the river from side to side to the distance of at least a quarter of a mile. here the river pitches over a shelving rock, with an edge as regular and as streight as if formed by art, but without a nich or brake in it; the water descends in one even and uninterupted sheet to the bottom wher dashing against the rocky bottom rises into foaming billows of great hight and rappidly glides away, hissing flashing and sparkling as it departs the sprey rises from one extremity to the other to 50 f." Great Falls of the Missouri, near Black Coulee, Portage, Montana on June 14, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Montana: "I should have returned from hence but hearing a tremendous roaring above me I continued my rout across the point of a hill a few hundred yards further and was again presented by one of the most beautiful objects in nature, a cascade of about fifty feet perpendicular stretching at right angles across the river from side to side to the distance of at least a quarter of a mile. here the river pitches over a shelving rock, with an edge as regular and as streight as if formed by art, but without a nich or brake in it; the water descends in one even and uninterupted sheet to the bottom wher dashing against the rocky bottom rises into foaming billows of great hight and rappidly glides away, hissing flashing and sparkling as it departs the sprey rises from one extremity to the other to 50 f." Great Falls of the Missouri, near Black Coulee, Portage, Montana on June 14, 1805

Lewis and Clark Expedition Quotes about Idaho:  Clark "asked Camehewait by what rout the pierced nose indians, who he informed me inhabited this river below the mountains, came over to the Missouri; this he informed me was to the N., but added that the road was a very bad one as he had informed them and that they suffered excessively with hunger on the rout being obliged to subsist for many days on berries alone as there was no game in that part of the mountains which were broken and rockey and so thickly covered with timber that they could scarcely pass. however knowing that Indians had passed, and did pass, at this season on that side of this river to the same below the mountains, my rout was instantly settled in my own mind, provided the account of this should prove true on an investigation of it, which I was determined should be made before we would undertake the rout by land in any direction." August 20, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about Idaho: Clark investigated the hot springs at Lolo Pass, between Montana and Idaho: "I found this water nearly boiling hot at the places it spouted from the rocks." Sept. 13, 1805 at Lolo Pass, between Montana and Idaho

Lewis and Clark Quotes about the Pacific Ocean: "Ocian in view! O! the Joy" "This great Pacific Octean which we been So long anxious to See. and the roreing or noise made by the waves brakeing on the rockey Shores (as I Suppose) may be heard distictly. William Clark Quote on the Pacific Ocean November 7, 1805

Lewis and Clark Quotes about the Pacific Ocean: "...men appear much Satisfied with their trip beholding with estonishment the high waves dashing against the rocks & this emence ocian..." William Clark quote on November 18, 1805

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