Clearwater

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County Clerk

Box 586
Orofino, Idaho 83544-0586

Phone: (208) 476-5615
Fax: (208) 476-9315

Cities in Adams County

County Seat: Orofino

  • Elk River
  • Orofino
  • Pierce
  • Weippe

(Incorporated cities shown only.)

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Background

Land area: 2,488 square miles

Established in February 27, 1911 with its county seat at Orofino. Named for the Clearwater River whose name was translated from the Nez Perce term Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai, describing 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. Gold was first discovered by E. D. Perce in 1860 and Pierce City, the oldest mining town in Idaho came into existence.


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