Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 47.4


On their way way in 1805, Lewis and Clark descended into Clearwater Canyon on an old Indian Trail Across from here.

Clearwater River in Idaho

After more than a month's search, they finally reached a westward river where they could use canoes.  From here they continued another 16 miles with their packhorses before they found a campsite with trees suitable for making canoes.  But at this point, they had finished their difficult mountain passage to navigable Columbia water.


Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 28.3


In 1898, After rail service from Lewiston reached Lenore, a tramway was begun to ship grain from Camas Prairie (1,600 feet above) to a new freight stop directly across the river.

Lenore Tram

Previously, grain wagons descended a long steep hill from the prairie.  Gravity moved full tram buckets down, sending empty back up the cable loop.  By 1903, the completed system carried up to 100,000 bushels of grain each year.  In 1937 a fire destroyed the entire system.


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Location of Idaho historical marker:  U.S. 12 – Milepost 27.8 At Lenore Rest Area


Slaterville served as the steamboat port for the Clearwater gold rush, which followed mineral discoveries at Pierce in 1860.


Founded by Seth A. Slater, May 6, 1861, Slaterville (permanent population 50) had five edifices built mainly of colored blankets, two stores, two houses, and a saloon.  When the Colonel Wright "snapped her towline on the Grand Rapids and went whirling through the Big Eddy" just below here, May 13, Lewiston was founed to replace the new port.  One more steamer reached here June 1, but Slaterville was doomed.