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About Clearwater County
Clearwater County was established February 27, 1911, and was named for the Clearwater River whose name was translated from the Nez Perce term, Koos-Koos-Kia, meaning "clear water". In September 1805, Lewis and Clark followed an old Indian trail between the north and middle forks of the Clearwater River and met the Nez Perce near the present site of Weippe. Although no doubt known to the Nez Perce Indians for many years, gold was first "discovered" in 1860 by Elias D. Pierce and Wilbur F. Bassett along a creek christened "Oro Fino Creek" meaning "fine gold". The Pierce Courthouse, erected in 1862, is Idaho's oldest public building.
About the County Coordinator
I am your new County Coordinator, Michal Beck. If you have any questions about the county or would like to help add to the website, you can contact me at (208) 464-2489.
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