Origin of the Name "Lolo"

Photo of Lolo Peak from Highway 12 northwest of the peak.
Lolo Peak

Does the name "Lolo" sound Native American? Guess again! 

"Lolo" probably evolved from "Lou-Lou", a pronunciation of "Lawrence," a French-Canadian fur trapper killed by a grizzly bear and buried at Grave Creek.

The first written evidence of the name "Lolo" appears in 1831 when fur trader John Work refers in his journal to Lolo Creek as "Lou Lou."

In an 1853 railroad survey and map, Lieutenant John Mullan spelled the creek and trail "Lou Lou." However, by 1865 the name was shortened to Lolo and is currently the name of a national forest, town, creek, mountain peak, mountain pass and historic trail in west central Montana.





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