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Orfino in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Fraser Park

A Clearwater County Park

Fraser Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Fraser Park Marker
Inscription.  This 10 acre park was a part of the original homestead of John Cattron, who homesteaded the 160 acres in 1890.
Lewis and Clark passed through the park on the old Nez Perce Indian trail that went through the park in 1805. Clark returned to the Weippe area to trade with the Nez Perce Indians for more food, while the expedition group built canoes at Orofino. Lewis and Clark went through this park 3 times on their way west in 1805. A short piece of the trail is on the south end of this park.

Lawrence Judd knew John Cattron as an old family friend. Lawrence wrote him, who lived in California, about getting permission for the community of Fraser to make a ball field and picnic area here. John Cattron wrote back, giving Lawrence and the community the O.K. to do so. The ball field and picnic area became a reality in the spring of 1934, with work done by the community.

Lawrence Judd, a Clearwater County Commissioner, led the way to purchase this 10 acres for a Clearwater County Park. The idea was to preserve this area, so that it would remain a permanent park for the people. In the
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transaction the John Cattron homestead, the County got the deed for 10 acres, for Fraser Park on June, 17, 1942.
Lawrence Judd was the main instigator and promoter of the creation of this Clearwater County Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1942.
Location. 46° 23.16′ N, 116° 2.826′ W. Marker is in Orfino, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 11 near Fraser Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orofino ID 83544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fraser (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Handsome Small Prairie" (approx. 4.6 miles away); Weippe Prairie (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 4.6 miles away); First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 6.2 miles away); Gold Rush Historic Byway (approx. 6.2 miles away); Corps of Discovery (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Fraser Park picnic area.
Fraser Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
2. Fraser Park Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Nov. 28, 2023