Travelers’ Rest State Park is home to the ONLY archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is also the site of an intricate network of trade, travel, and culture developed over thousands of years. The Bitterroot Salish traveled this network of trails to find salmon to the west; buffalo, bull trout, bitterroot and camas to the east; other Salishan speaking people—the Pend d’Oreille and Spokane—to the north; and later, horse country to the south. Because of the vast resources found here, Native peoples returned to this area throughout the year. Families camped along the banks of Lolo Creek, gathering resources needed to survive the long Rocky Mountain winters.
In 2018, Jackson donated resources, and employees donated time, to build the new Crossroads Plaza to celebrate the significance of this place. 15 contractors and subcontractors donated money and resources and over 70 people donated their time to excavate, build a flag display, bench, sidewalk and concrete pad as the focal point to the park.