On October 10th, 1805, the Lewis & Clark Expedition camped across the river from this park. They called the great river flowing in from the south Lewis' River.
”The Country on either Side is an open plain leavel & Fertile …not a tree of . . . — — Map (db m129075) HM
While trekking westwards, the Lewis & Clark Expedition constructed dug-out canoes near the present-day city of Orofino. The Nee Mee Poo or Nez Perce Indians had shown the explorers how to burn out the centers of the Ponderosa pine logs. After . . . — — Map (db m129063) HM
William Clark recorded in his
journal that on this date:
“I can observe at a distance...
a high ridge of thinly timbered
countrey the water of the south fork is greenish blue,
the north as clear as crystial.” . . . — — Map (db m120772) HM
Guided by two Nez Perce men, the Lewis and Clark Expedition entered present-day Washington on October 10, 1805. They beached their dugout canoes and camped at a site across the Snake River from here.
In this area, the explorers met, traded with, . . . — — Map (db m129083) HM
The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Clearwater — Snake river confluence on October 10, 1805. The explorers camped across the river from here, their first encampment in present-day Washington. That evening, William Clark wrote about the . . . — — Map (db m129064) HM
(left panel – in Asotin County – facing westbound traffic) You are now entering Garfield County over the historic trail traversed by Lewis and Clark on their return from the mouth of the Columbia River, May 4, 1806.
(right . . . — — Map (db m129099) HM
The Nez Perce Indian Nation was comprised of hundreds of separate bands. Chief Timothy, along with Red Wolf, ruled the Alpowa Band whose camp was located where Alpowa Creek meets the Snake River.
Chief Timothy, a Nez Perce Indian Christian . . . — — Map (db m129085) HM