Lewis and Clark Valley

A little History

Located at the confluence of the scenic Snake and Clearwater rivers approximately 465 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, Lewiston is the most inland seaport on the West Coast. The rivers also are a source of economic and political controversy. The continued decline of steelhead and other native species of fish have some in favor of removing the dams that create cheap electricity and favorable conditions for barge shipping, cruise ships and motorized water sports.

The cities of Lewiston and adjoining Clarkston, Washington, trace their heritage to the 1804-06 expedition of captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark — a journey commissioned by the nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, to seek and chart a new trade route to Asia.  For centuries, the area has been home to the Nez Perce Indians who traveled the valleys and lived off the land and rivers. It was the Nez Perce who welcomed Lewis and Clark in 1805 as they were enroute to discover the Pacific Ocean. In 1806 they also spent more than six weeks with the Nez Perce in the Kamiah area before heading eastward on the Lolo Trail.

Oh my, they even have an unsolved serial killer case from 40 years ago!

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