Orofino in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Ahsakha Village Site
Lewis and Clark called this place Canoe Camp. For 11 days in 1805 the Corps of Discovery camped here in the company of Nez Perce while building five canoes for the journey to the Pacific. For thousands of years before that, this riverbank was the site of a thriving Nez Perce village. But soon after Lewis and Clark visited, the Indians’ longtime connection to this place would change drastically.
Walk this short loop trail to discover pit house sites and more about the Nez Perce encounter with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Erected by Historical Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 30.049′ N, 116° 19.8′ W. Marker is in Orofino, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 12 and 140th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Lewis & Clark Canoe Camp State Park, on the north side of the highway, between the highway and the Clearwater River. Marker is in this post office area: Orofino ID 83544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canoe Building Site (within 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit House Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Orofino: A Fine Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Canoe Camp (about 300 feet away); Canoe Camp (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 6.7 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orofino.
Also see . . .
1. Orofino History.
The Corps of Discovery moved down to the Koos-koos-kee (Clearwater River) to camp and make 5 canoes. Many of the Corps men were sick and weak from the dramatic change in the foods they ate, so they used the Indian’s methods of burning out the logs to save energy and time. Five canoes were made and the expedition left this area (Orofino) on Oct. 7, 1805 on their way to the Pacific Ocean. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Dworshak National Fish Hatchery.
Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is a mitigation hatchery located on the Clearwater River within the Nez Perce (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Dworshak Dam Historical Pictures.
A digital collection comprised of historical photographs and documents pertaining to the history of the Dworshak Dam, selected primarily from the collection of A. B. Curtis, former mayor of Orofino, Idaho. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans •
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