February 16, 2 pm, KettleHouse TapRoom, 605 Cold Smoke Lane, Bonner.  Free and open to the public.

Meriwether Lewis and a small party traversed the Bonner area on July 4, 1806. This brief visit has generated questions and speculation:

Why did the captains go against military protocol to send Lewis and his small party on a dangerous mission up the Blackfoot River? What was their probable route through Bonner and the lower Blackfoot, or "Cokahalishkit," the Nez Perce name for the “river of the road to the buffalo”?  What evidence exists of the centuries of occupation and travel by native people before Lewis and Clark?

Dan Hall, lead archaeologist with Western Cultural, will center his PowerPoint presentation around research on the ancient "Road to the Buffalo."

Norman Jacobson, known to many for his programs at Travelers' Rest State Park and for his knowledge of the Road to the Buffalo, will show pictures documenting his research on the trail from Bonner to Clearwater Junction.

Local amateur geologists and historians, including Willie Bateman, have developed theories and observations. Kim Briggeman will help weave these stories together.

 Sponsored by Bonner Milltown History Center and Museum located in the Bonner Post Office building. Hours: Tuesday morning coffee hour, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Occurred Sunday, February 16th, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


KettleHouse TapRoom,

605 Cold Smoke Lane,
Bonner , MT 59823