The history of Greer Ferry is marked by a wayside
interpretive site located at milepost 52.5 east of the Greer
bridge at the junction of Highways 12 and 11. Idaho's first
gold was discovered in 1860 at Pierce, accessed via Highway
11. A ferry served the miners at this site.
The Weippe Prairie in bloom with Camas flowers.
This is the location where a starving Lewis and Clark Corp of
Discovery were met by the Nez Perce Indians after crossing the
Bitterroot Mountains. Historical Marker #261 at milepost 17.2
on Highway 11 in Weippe.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the Weippe Discovery
Center. Contains numerous historical
murals and a Living Lewis & Clark Landscape display. In
addition, it houses the Weippe Library, Technology Center, a
College Outreach Center, a Small Business Enhancement Center,
a Conference/Meeting area with kitchen facilities, and public
Hilltop Heritage Museum in Weippe.
Historical Highway 11 Mile
#307 - Chinese Hanging Tree at milepost 27.5
#153 - Canal Gulch at milepost 28.6 where gold was first discovered
#156 - Oro Fino City at milepost 28.6 where the original Orofino
city was located.
Pierce Free Public
Library on Main Street has a number of mining, logging
and Chinese historical artifacts on displays. Free Internet
access provided via the Pierce Technology Center computers and
local "Hot Spot." Adult technology training is also
Howard Bradbury Logging Museum - Located in a 1928
log cabin, the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum is a source
of community pride, preserving the local mining and logging
history, as well as other artifacts. The grounds are adjacent
to a park with a picnic area and Idaho’s first public building,
the 1862 Shoshone County Courthouse (See below left). Special
group tours are available. Location: Main Street, Pierce, ID
208-464-2677. Hours: Mid-June to Mid-October: Fridays and Saturdays
12:00 pm to 4 pm. After Labor Day: Saturdays only 12:00 pm to
4 pm. Admission: By donation.
Behind the Logging Museum in Pierce stands the
first government building in Idaho - the Shoshone County Courthouse
Our Lady of the Woodland Catholic Church - A log
church from the early 1900's, which is still in use today. Located
just around the corner from the Historic Chinese Cemetery.
Though the bones were exhumed and returned to China after the
workers left, the cemetery remains as a reminder of the area's
Historical Panel Kiosk: Funded by the
USFS, IDOT, the Gold Rush Historical Byway Committee, Potlatch
Corporation, ID Fish and Game, decorated by local
artists, and constructed by Maki Mfg and local volunteers,
this informational kiosk sits at the "Y" in Pierce,
where Highway 11 intersects with residential Canal Street. It
features historical panels of the area, and is adjacent to the
Canal Gulch historical marker.
Operating since 1959, the Bald Mountain Ski
Area is 10 miles north of Pierce and is touted as
the best little ski hill in Idaho. Offering excellent
snow conditions and multiple downhill skiing runs from beginner
to advanced, you are sure to not be disappointed.
Deer Creek Reservoir: Built in 2004 by
the Idaho Department
of Fish and Game and the Potlatch Corporation, this 80-acre reservoir
is located between Pierce and Headquarters on the Gold Rush
Historic Highway 11. It is stocked with rainbow and cutthroat
trout, and provides fishing opportunities for kids, families
and avid anglers. The reservoir will be open all year to fishing,
but because of wildlife related road restrictions, the access
road will be open to motorized vehicles May 20-September 30
annually. Outside of those dates, anglers and other lake users
will need to make a hike of about half a mile to reach the lake.
The Chamber provides a Free Fishing Day and Fishing Tournament
The Gold Rush Historic Highway 11 ends in Headquarters
at milepost 42.5. By turning left onto USFS Road #247, you enter
the Gateway to the Clearwater Backcountry and
are taken to the North Fork of the Clearwater National
Forest, with many camping,
hiking, fishing and other recreational adventures.