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

Ahsakha Village Site

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Ahsakha Village Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
1. Ahsakha Village Site Marker
Inscription.
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 Indiansí 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
Ahsakha Village Site Marker (<i>wide view showing Clearwater River in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
2. Ahsakha Village Site Marker (wide view showing Clearwater River in background)
shouting distance of this marker); 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit House Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Canoe Camp (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canoe Camp (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 6.7 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 11.1 miles away); Gold Rush Historic Byway (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 Indianís 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
Dworshak National Fish Hatchery (<i>across river from former Ahsakha village</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
3. Dworshak National Fish Hatchery (across river from former Ahsakha village)
Nez Perce Reservation near Orofino. It was constructed in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers. The hatchery is one of the largest combination producers of anadromous (migratory) fish in the world. These fish make a 1000 mile round trip to the ocean and back to spawn in the Clearwater River. The Dworshak Dam blocks access to the historical spawning areas on the North Fork-Clearwater River for the steelhead, and it is too high for a fish ladder. (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.) 
 
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Clearwater River and Dworshak Dam (<i>view beyond marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
4. Clearwater River and Dworshak Dam (view beyond marker)

Marker illustration shows confluence of North Fork-Clearwater River and main Clearwater River as it might have looked in 1805. This picture shows current view with the North Fork-Clearwater River trapped by Dworshak Dam, forming Dworshak Reservoir
Dworshak Dam (<i>view across Clearwater River from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2016
5. Dworshak Dam (view across Clearwater River from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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