Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 67.6


A Massachusetts Congregationalist, Smith Spent two years here learning the Nez Perce language and starting a mission.

Asa Smith Mission
Coming here May 10, 1839, to study with Lawyer, an important Nez Perce leader, he stayed to work on an Indian dictionary and to hold daily religious classes each spring and winter.  After spending six months in a "mere hovel,' he finished a comfortable home and started a garden of several acres.  But he never got used to pioneer life here.  Leaving Kamiah April 19, 1841, he moved to a mission in Hawaii.