Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 52.5

 

An Old ferry near here took thousands of eager fortune hunters to a trail that climbed out of this canyon to rich gold fields discovered at Pierce in 1860.

You still can follow their spetacular route to Weippe Prairie, where in 1805 Lewis and Clark met a Nez Perce band that helped save their expedition.  Continuing on, you can reach Idaho's Oldest public building – Pierce Courthouse, built in 1862.  Take State Highway 11.

 

Pierce Courthouse - Oldest public building in Idaho

(The court house has been refurbished since this picture was taken)