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Gold Rush Historic Byway

A gold strike in 1860 brought prospectors across the Clearwater River and up the mountainsides along modern day Highway 11 out of Greer, Idaho. And that's where the 42½-mile-long Gold Rush Historic Byway begins.

As you climb out of the Clearwater Valley there are spectacular views of the river around every turn of the Greer Grade. Crest the mountain and you come upon the Weippe Prairie, fields and meadows filled with Camas bloom. This is where Lewis & Clark first met the Nez Perce Indians. Today in the Discovery Center at Weippe, Idaho, beautiful murals tell the area's history and you can walk through a Lewis & Clark Landscape Display.

The historic city of Pierce, Idaho was established in 1861, and the old courthouse still stands as part of the Bradbury Museum. It was Idaho's first county courthouse and is among the oldest buildings in the state.

Further down the byway is the community of Headquarters. It was once a center for logging operations and is now the base for the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association. While the byway ends at Headquarters, you are surrounded by the huge Clearwater National Forest with plenty of side trips available for additional adventures.