Tahnks for the note, but the link you gave me to MikeBostwick's site did not work.could you please resend it?
Yes, the Corps of Discovery bicentenial is quite the thing these day.I've never been one to get too excited about it, though.
I started this particular course of research to write a little biographical account of Mr. John Day.In the course of my brief research, I have gone to great lengths to reconstrust a day-by-day account of the Astor-Hunt Overland Pary of 1810-11-12, of which John Day was a member.And with thet, I'm puting together short biographical accounts of all the other members I can.It was the first organized overland expedition from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean after Lewis and Clark did it, although Hunt and his Party took a course south of the former, Hunt made much better time, and ended up endouring far worse hardships in the Snake River country of Idaho.
Anyway, Hunt's part divided and, in Idaho, about December 1811, a group of the pary found Archibald Pelton with some Nez Perce Indians somewhere along the Lower Snake River (or perhaps on the lower Salmon or near the Clkearwater rivers).Anyway, Archi was not mentally stable: he had been at Three Forks Montana in 1809 with Andrew Hunt's party when the men with Pelton were all killed by a band of Blackfoot Indians.Pelton became deranged and wandered the wilderness.Henry's company assumed he had been murdered, captured or was otherwidse lost.Pelton was taken in by Nez Perce Indians and lived with them for perhaps a year when he was given over to the party of Donald McKenzie, Robert McClellan, John Reed, etc.It is interesting to note that three of the men in the McKenzie-McClellan-Reed group (11 men in all) had also been with Henry at Three Forks in 1809 and would have personally known Archibald Pelton!You can imagine their surprise when they found him alive over 2 years later and hundreds of miles away across vast mountains and incredible canyons!
Pelton arrived at Fort Astoria with the group in January 1812.Archi evidently made an impression on the Indians, as the word "Pelton" became part of Chinook Jargon, used to describe someone with a mental affliction.
Archibald Pelton, although assumably delerious, is credited with being the first white man, after Lewis and Clark, to follow a similar course of travel from Montana and through Idaho.