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From the cooking area looking toward the latrine

From the cooking area looking toward the latrine

The folks at Traveler's Rest State Park will give you a wonderful tour of the site. They will bring along with them a copy of Baron von Steuben's Manual for the organization of the army. In this book there is a portion devoted to camp site organization. From this point in the picture to the tree is exactly the right distance for the camp latrine to be dug. At that tree line is a ditch that is 16-18 inches deep, in accordance with von Steuben, and in the soil of the ditch are traces of mercury. Mercury was a substance in Rush's Thunder Bolts, the laxative/ purgative that the Corps used to cure just about anything that ailed them. Mercury is not a naturally occurring element in the soil in this part of Montana. As a result, the researchers at the site believe they have established the exact position of the Corps of Discoveries camp site September 9, 1805.


Lolo creek

Lolo creek


Looking toward the farm that borders the park

Looking toward the farm that borders the park


Looking to the west

Looking to the west

I have been told that when native tribes camped her, that their scattered camp sites would extend west over 3 miles.


Travelers Rest State Park

Travelers Rest State Park