WEEK 3 RUN-WALK ACROSS AMERICA 2017 STARTS tomorrow
Segment 5: From Walla Walla WA to Lewiston ID
Segment 6: to Kooskia ID
This week you will be making your way through the easternmost part of Washington State, with its vast wheat fields (an area encompassing parts of Washington Idaho and Oregon called the Palouse; see Seven Wonder link), into Lewiston ID then across north central Idaho to Kooskia ID.
I learned that Lewiston is the ”farthest inland port on the WEST COAST and is Idaho's only seaport, ”being 465 river miles away from the Pacific Ocean, on the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.” It’s the last port on the “nation's second-largest water transportation highway.” Forty percent of the “nation's white wheat travels through the Port of Portland on the Oregon coast of the Pacific Ocean, and “much of it passes through the Port of Lewiston”.
On the opposite bank of the Snake River to the east of Lewiston (named in honor of Meriwether Lewis), is the city of Clarkston (after William Clark) in Washington State. Place names in the region are a reminder of its historical exploration by the famed 1803-1805 Lewis and Clark expeditions.
In Idaho, the route follows Route 12 across the state. Once known as the Lewis and Clark Highway, it’s now the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. This is the land of the Nez Perce Tribe of Native Americans. In the process of being named by French Canadian fur traders (the name nez perce means “pierced nose), tribe members, who do not have nose piercings, were mistaken for the nearby Chinook people.
The small city of Kooskia, lies at the confluence of two river forks which converge to form the larger Clearwater River and is within the Nez Perce Reservation. In 1943, a work camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps, located about 30miles from the city, was converted to an internment camp for Japanese men who had been residents but not citizens of the US. It’s remote location in the western Bitterroot Mountains made fences and guard towers unnecessary!
It’s amazing what can be learned by researching, only very briefly, the land through which the route is mapped. The history of the area sometimes seems simple and inspiring but at other times complicated and disturbing. More than ever I would like to actually travel through and see it in person.
NationalGeographic.com offers an online interactive Lewis and Clark Journey Log with maps and journal entries, as well as a summarizing Timeline, and images of plant and animal species discovered, native peoples encountered, and physical land features seen along the way.
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