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Lewiston (Idaho)

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Lewiston (Idaho)

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Lewiston is the county seat of and largest city in Nez Perce County, Idaho. It is the second largest city in the Idaho Panhandle region behind Coeur d'Alene. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of both Nez Perce County in Idaho and Asotin County in Washington. As of the 2000 Census the population of Lewiston was 30,904 (2006 estimate: 31,293).


Founded shortly after gold was discovered in the nearby Clearwater River in 1860, Lewiston played an important role in the state's early history. The city became the capital of the newly-created Idaho Territory in 1863, but lost the distinction to Boise shortly thereafter in what proved to be an enormously unpopular decision in northern Idaho. To this day it is not unusual to hear locals lament losing the capital to Boise.

Like Pocatello, Lewiston has a strong working-class heritage. Industries related to timber and logging pursuits have long been key to the city's economy. Because the Columbia and later the Snake River are navigable by some ocean-going vessels all the way to Lewiston, the city has the distinction of being Idaho's only port city as well as the furthest inland port in the western United States. It's also easy for visitors to confuse Lewiston's two main rivers. The Clearwater River is on the north side, and runs straight into the Snake River. However, the Snake on the city's west side makes a left turn at this point, going into neighboring Clarkston, Washington.

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  • Nez Perce County Historical Society, Inc. & Museum, 0306 3rd Street, 208-743-2535, [1]. This museum showcases the history of Nez Perce County, particularly focusing on the Nez Perce Native American tribe and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  edit
  • Hells Gate State Park, 5100 Hells Gate Road, 208-799-5015, [2]. This state park has plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Camping, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming can be enjoyed here. There is a discovery center, kayak rentals, and jet boat trips into Hells Canyon. Spot waterfowl, deer, otter, and bighorn sheep.  edit

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  • Idaho River Adventures, 19972 Homestead Loop, 888-994-9490, [3]. This adventure companies guides whitewater rafting and fishing trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.  edit
  • Snake River Adventures, 4832 Hells Gate Road, 1-800-262-8874, [4]. This company guides half and full day jet boat tours into Hells Canyon as well as wine tours, private charters, and fishing tours.  edit

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  • Cedars Inn, 1716 Main Street, [5]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 3:00. From $35.  edit


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Routes through Lewiston
Walla WallaClarkston  W noframe E  → Orofino → Missoula
Coeur d'AleneMoscow  N noframe S  Nampa

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