Near Weippe in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
This has always been a traditional gathering place for the Nez Perce people where camas bulbs are harvested and baked each year. The blue flower of the camas lily grow so thick here in the spring time that from a distance, it looks like you're driving up to a lake! Lewis and Clark made their first contact with the Nez Perce at this site in 1805, gorging on fresh baked camas roots and dried salmon. This is one of 38 sites of Nez Perce National Historical Park. Park headquarters is located at Spalding, Idaho, 1 1/2 hours west of here on Highway 95, just off of Highway 12. Follow the brown signs. At Spalding you will find a Museum, bookstore, movie on the Nez Perce people and a historic area. Special programs are conducted at the Visitor Center throughout the day during the summer months. Rangers are on duty at Spalding to answer your questions.
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Erected by Nez Perce National Historical Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 46° 21.004′ N, 115° 55.47′ W. Marker is near Weippe, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker is on Larson Road near Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weippe ID 83553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Contact Between Two Cultures (here, next to this marker); Corps of Discovery (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 2 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Weippe Prairie (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Handsome Small Prairie" (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fraser Park (approx. 6.4 miles away); Fraser (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weippe.
Also see . . . Camas -- The Oregon Encyclopedia. The names Camassia, camas, qém’es, quamash, and pa-siko, all refer to the group of spring herbs whose white to blue-purple flowers form spectacular displays in wetlands, grasslands, and oak savannas in the Pacific Northwest. (Submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.