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Lolo Pass is the answer for Week 221 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: High altitude

Tuesday: At a boundary

Wednesday: A meeting of cultures

Thursday: A much used thoroughfare

Lolo Pass, at elevation 5,233 feet, is located at the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains on the border of Idaho and Montana. It has been an important thoroughfare for more than 200 years. The Nez Perce people followed the trail over Lolo Pass to hunt buffalo to the east and in their trek to Montana during the War of 1877. The Salish people traveled over the Pass to reach salmon fishing to the west. Lewis and Clark trekked over Lolo Pass on Sept. 15, 1805 on their way west and again on the way back in 1806.

U.S. Highway 12 was completed across the pass in the 1960s. Today, Lolo Pass Visitor Center and Rest Area, managed by the Clearwater National Forest, provides a popular stopping place for those traveling the scenic highway. It offers a variety of information and resources to learn about the area and its history

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