Leave hassles, stop lights and cell phones behind with all those
folks in the city. No matter what time of year, Pierce
(population 617) is an awesome place to visit. Rich in History and
Outdoor Opportunities, there is plenty to do and see. (Click on
one of the above links to learn more.)
is a tremendous amount of history in the Pierce area, including
our close proximity to the Lewis and Clark Expedition Trail. Lewis
and Clark first encountered the Nez Perce Indians near Weippe,
just ten miles east of town. In addition, the Pierce area abounds
with a rich history of gold mining. The party of Captain E.D. Pierce
first discovered gold in Idaho in 1860. The strike occurred on Canal
Gulch near the current site of the town. Pierce was later established
as the county seat of Shoshone County and Idaho's first courthouse
was erected. (It is still standing - see left photo.) The
Pierce Free Public Library is also an excellent source of information
and has a nice display of mining artifacts.
other "gold" of the Pierce area is the vast forests often
referred to as "green gold." The Clearwater National Forest boasts the largest
stand of Western White Pine in the world. Timber harvest in the
Pierce area has a colorful history, from the "rough & tough"
logging camps and river log drives, to the modern mechanical harvesting
equipment now in use. The J.
Howard Bradbury Logging Museum in Pierce is an excellent way
to take-in some of the logging history of the area. The museum has
a display of much of the equipment used in by-gone years, as well
as a photographic history of the men and machines used in timber
harvest. The museum is open seasonally Friday & Saturday from
12:00-4:00 p.m. from Mid-June to Mid-October (after Labor Day -
serves meals and alcohol, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and
also features a well-stocked supermarket-style grocery store, laundromat,
car wash, auto parts store, post office, hardware store, art gallery,
and a mini-mart with fuel pumps. (Click on the logo below to view
Idaho web site.