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Weippe Prairie

Weippe, Idaho
County of Clearwater.
National Register Number: 66000311
Resource type: Site.
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1966):
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.

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