Weippe Prairie

S of Weippe and ID 11, Weippe, Idaho

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Photo taken by Jim Allen in Sept. 2018

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Description 

On the morning of September 20, 1805, an advance party of the Lewis and Clark Expedition came out of the Bitterroot Mountains onto the southeastern corner of Weippe Prairie, the western terminus of the Lolo Trail and long a favored source of camas root for the Nez Perce Indians. Here, the expedition first encountered the Nez Perce, who had never before seen white men. The Nez Perce gave the explorers food as well as much-needed help and directions during the 2-1/2 week period spent in their territory. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 23, 1966

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000311
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Underwater
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1800-1824
Significant years
1805; 1806

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • December 6, 2018: Updated by Jim Allen: refined coordinates
  • December 6, 2018: New photos from Jim Allen
  • December 6, 2018: New photos from Jim Allen

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