Thanks to its rich history, the Lewis Clark Valley is an important cultural hub in the inland pacific northwest. According to tribal legend, Nimiipuu, “the people,” were created in north central Idaho at the dawn of time. There is evidence dating back more than 11,000 years of Nez Perce inhabiting the regions surrounding the Clearwater and Snake river valleys.
More recently, when Captains Merriweather Lewis and William Clark were sent by Thomas Jefferson to find the northwest passage, they would never have made it without the food and shelter provided by the Nez Perce. The explorers camped on an island close to the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers located near the modern day cities of Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington.
Today, the history and culture of this region can be explored though museums, historic sites, and natural landmarks.