Montana Symbols - Bitterroot LbNA # 16409
|Placed Date||Jun 17 2005|
|Last Update||Jul 18 2015|
This box is part of my series along Montana's interstate system based on our state symbols. The beautiful bitterroot is the Montana state flower. Like so many things in the state the flower was "discovered" by the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1805. The native Americans made extensive use of the root of the plant. After being gathered it was dried then later boiled & pounded to be mixed with meat or berries. According to some sources it was a valuable trade item a sack of roots being worth a horse.
I don't usually put ink pads in my boxes but this stamp demands the right color so there is a pad in the box. Please reseal carefully so the pad will last.
And finally the clues: Take exit #44 off I-15 near Clark Canyon reservoir. Head west to the Camp Fortune overlook less than 2 miles from the exit. This is a very windy spot but offers a beautiful view of the area. At the overlook there is a constructed rock wall, go to its west end and look underneath the first large rock past the wall. If you're lucky you can park right next to it.