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Near Lewiston in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Steamboats

 
 
Steamboats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
1. Steamboats Marker
Inscription.  Started May 13, 1861, as a steamboat landing, Lewiston immediately became a primary commercial center for Idaho miners during their hectic gold rush to Pierce that spring.
Steamboats continued to dock there until 1940, mainly after Columbia and Snake river channel improvements made navigation practical in 1914. Finally a series of locks and dams made Lewiston a seaport, and large scale river shipping resumed in 1975.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 418.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 27.612′ N, 117° 0.984′ W. Marker is near Lewiston, Idaho, in Nez Perce County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Spiral Highway and Beacon Drive, on the left when traveling west on Old Spiral Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22729 Old Spiral Highway, Lewiston ID 83501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewiston Hill (a few steps from this marker); Bert Zimmerly
Steamboats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
2. Steamboats Marker
The marker is on the right.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mackenzie's Post (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lewis Clark State College (approx. 1.2 miles away); The First Capital (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Silcott (approx. 2 miles away); 18th St. Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
Also see . . .  Grand Steamboats Came to Lewiston in Their Glory Days - Lewiston Tribune. ----The Spray, the Cascadillia, the Harvest Queen the names have a ring to them, even though it's been many years since the sound of their whistles floated out over the everyday sounds of life in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. They are just a few in a long line of steamboats which served the area from the gold rush days until the last one left Lewiston in 1940. (Submitted on August 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Steamboats Spokane and Lewiston at dock image. Click for full size.
By Vintage Photograph
3. Steamboats Spokane and Lewiston at dock
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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