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Kamiah in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Asa Smith Mission

A Massachusetts Congregationalist, Smith spent two years here

 

learning the Nez Perce language and starting a mission

 
Asa Smith Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
1. Asa Smith Mission Marker
Inscription.  Coming here May 10, 1839 to study with Lawyer, an important Nez Perce leader, he stayed to work on an Indian dictionary and to hold daily religious classes each spring and winter. After spending six months in a “mere hovel,” he finished a comfortable home and started a garden of several acres. But he never got used to pioneer life here. Leaving Kamiah April 19, 1841, he moved to a mission in Hawaii.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society & Idaho Transportation Department. (Marker Number 309.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 13.346′ N, 116° 0.577′ W. Marker is in Kamiah, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on U.S. 12 half a mile west of Dyche Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in a pull-out on the west side of US Highway 12, overlooking the Clearwater River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kamiah ID 83536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Long Camp (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark Route
Asa Smith Mission Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
2. Asa Smith Mission Marker (wide view)
(a few steps from this marker); Nez Perce National Historical Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Trails at Heart of the Monster (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kooskia Crossing Kiosk (approx. 5.3 miles away); History of a Frontier Community (approx. 5.9 miles away); Looking Glass (approx. 6.6 miles away); Camas Prairie (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kamiah.
 
More about this marker. Large wooden marker in good condition
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionEducationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Asa Smith Mission Marker (<i>wide view showing adjacent marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
3. Asa Smith Mission Marker (wide view showing adjacent marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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