11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Travelers' Rest

Year Listed: 1999
Location: Lolo, Montana
Threat: Development

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Photo: Dale Dufour

Significance

On September 9, 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition paused at the campsite known as Travelers' Rest before undertaking the crossing of the Bitterroot Mountains, possibly the most arduous part of their journey to the Pacific. Almost ten months later, they camped again at Travelers' Rest on their return trip to St. Louis.

In 1966, the supposed site of Travelers' Rest was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1999, new evidence indicated that the actual campsite was some distance away in an area threatened by inappropriate development.