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Sacajawea Historic Byway
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"This whole center and the byway is such a great thing for Salmon. It's a little gem that we have here. Seventy-one acres that will never be developed or changed much is a value that we can't put words to."
This eastern Idaho byway is a history-filled corridor. From Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition to the mining boom of the late 1800s, there are many stories to discover on this drive.
The byway begins at the intersection of I-15 and Idaho 33, and after a dozen miles heads north on Highway 28 all the way to Salmon, Idaho. It's a lonely yet compelling route. Along the way you can see charcoal kilns used over a hundred thirty years ago to process lead and silver ore. You can also visit the former mining community of Gilmore, now virtually a ghost town.
The most famous event in the area's history is the Lewis and Clark's Expedition's passage through the Lemhi Valley, homeland of the Lemhi-Shoshone people. Sacajawea was a tribal member who had been captured by the Arikira Indians and eventually wound up with the Corps of Discovery. She played an extremely important role in helping the expedition continue their journey from here. Her story as well as other tribal history is on display at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center just outside of Salmon.