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INSIDE: Touring points from Washington’s wine country to Idaho’s fishing oasis

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Scenic Highway 12 U.S. Route 12, or Scenic Highway 12, as it’s known in these parts is an east-west highway that spans almost 2,500 miles from the Pacific Ocean to downtown Detroit. We here in the Pacific Northwest pride ourselves on having some of the best scenery landscaping U.S. 12. As you travel this spectacular route there are some special points of interest we here at Target Publications would like to point out to you. A large portion of old, two-lane U.S. 12 was replaced by Interstate 82 and Interstate 182 in the 1980s, between Yakima and the Tri-Cities, though the freeways are still signed with the U.S. 12 designation as well. The old two-lane highway now bears the name Wine Country Road. The highway loosely follows the eastbound leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, between

Walla Walla and Clarkston, Wash., thus being marked as part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Clarkston is the final city on the highway in Washington before it crosses the Snake River into Idaho at Lewiston. It ascends the Clearwater River, concurrent with U.S. 95 for seven miles. It reduces to a two-lane undivided highway with signs that read “winding road next 99 miles” and goes on to Orofino, continuing up the middle fork of that river to Lowell, the junction of the Lochsa and Selway rivers. Between Walla Walla and the Montana border you will happen upon many towns, each with it’s own story. “Your Guide to Scenic Highway 12” will introduce you to but a few in hopes that along your journey you will find the hidden treasures contained in the Pacific Northwest.

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Walla Walla, Washington Origin: Walla Walla comes from an Indian word for “many waters.” Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes lived in the Walla Walla Valley. Population: 32,148 Walla Walla is the largest city in the county with the same name and serves as the county seat. The city was incorporated in 1862. It is most famous for its sweet onions but many wineries are also located in the area, which has opened it up to being a hot vacation spot for wine enthusiasts. This is the most renowned wine area in the region. Some experts credit the massive floods that roared through the area during

the last ice age with laying down the perfect soil for grapes. Whatever the reason, Walla Walla is home to more than 100 wineries, many of which offer tours, and some are known for being dog friendly. The valley’s reputation for producing wines of superb quality took root in 1977, when the first present-day winery was established. In 1984, the region was federally recognized as a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA). It was the second Washington state AVA and at the time, home to just four wineries and 60 acres of vineyards. To learn more visit www.winesnw.com/walla.html. Walla Walla is also justly famous for its sweet onions, which became Washington’s official state vegetable in 2007. The town celebrates its onion heritage each July with the Sweet Onion Festival (This year’s event is July 20-21). The Downtown Walla Walla Walking tour is a great way to sample the area’s historic architecture and history. Visitors can contact the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation office at 33 E. Main St., Suite 213, or call (509) 529-8755 for more information.

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Chief Timothy Park Chief Timothy Park is a jewel located on the Snake River, just eight miles west of Clarkston along the famous Lewis and Clark Trail, on U.S. Highway 12. It is a destination campground, as well as a day use area which offers RV sites with utilities, tent spaces, a boat launch, covered picnic areas, swimming beaches, RV dump stations, and a snack and gift shop. There are also camp cabins available for rent. Visitors to the park can golf and go on Hells Canyon boat tour in nearby Clarkston. Chief Timothy is a unique island in the Snake River that offers great fishing right from the campground. The park is operated under a lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Northwest Land Management. Reservations to stay at the park can be made by calling toll free (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.

Pomeroy, Washington Origin: Named after Joseph M. Pomeroy, a rancher, who platted the town in 1878. Other early European visitors were the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. The town serves as the county seat for Garfield County. Population: 1,422 Pomeroy invites travelers to discover the warmth and charm of a small hometown environment, where old friends and old-fashioned hospitality have never been forgotten. The town boasts a modern, nine-hole course with all grass greens and fairways, and is considered by many visiting golf fans a very sporty course. Favorable comments can be heard on the neat and efficient

manner in which the course is maintained. With time comes changes and the Pomeroy course has seen a lot of them. In the early days of the course the green at the eighth hole was a pond. Also, the original course continued across the road, with golfers having to swing across the street to a green which was located where the football field now lays.

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Origin: The location of the present-day town was surveyed in 1897 and was originally known as Stuart. The town was established in 1895, when the government set aside 104 acres for town purposes. The town was first named for James Stuart, a Nez Perce surveyor and merchant. The post office was established in May 1896. The railroad track was laid into Kooskia in early 1900 and the railroad depot was called Kooskia, as dubbed by the railroad. The town changed its name from Stuart to Kooskia to coincide with the railroad depot on April 14, 1902. The name is derived from the Nez Perce word Koos Koos Kia, meaning “where the waters meet.” This name appears in the journals of Lewis and Clark in 1805 to designate the river now named the Clearwater River. Population: 614 A popular motorcycle ride begins by turning off U.S. Highway 12 at Kooskia and following State Highway 13 up the South Fork of the Clearwater River to the town of Stites and from there climbing 22 miles to Grangeville on U.S. Highway 95. Just two miles south of Stites is the location of the Clearwater Battlefield, where U.S. Army and non-treaty Nez Perce Indians clashed on July 12, 1877. Kooskia boasts they have it all. You will appreciate the scenery, the animals and the friendly town’s people. If you are an outdoor enthusiast Kooskia provides the ultimate hunting or fishing trip. Even if you just want to take a leisurely drive through spectacular scenery. Whatever the reason is for your visit remember to bring a camera along.

Juliaetta ~ Kendrick, Idaho Origin: The town of Juliaetta was settled in 1878 and incorporated in 1892. Population: 587 Origin: Thomas Kirby founded the town in 1889 and incoporated in 1890. Population: 307 These quiet little towns are located next to the Potlatch River on U.S. 12. Centennial Park, a gathering place for locals, boasts one of the best small baseball fields in the state of Idaho and is the location of the community’s annual Blackberry Festival. The park is located next to the former rail line, which is now a walking and bicycling trail for the community, connecting Juliaetta and Kendrick. The towns share functions as part of the Juliaetta-Kendrick community, sharing schools, the Ed Corkill Memorial Trail and more.

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Orofino, Idaho Origin: Most recent history of this town dates back to the gold rush days, which is where it got the name Orofino — meaning fine ore in Spanish. But the area was visited in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After coming down out of the mountains to the east the group built canoes, at what is now known as Canoe Camp, to make their way to the Pacific Ocean via the river. Population: 3,124 Orofino always has something going on and with a town motto like “A Reason for Every Season,” there better be. Fishing is always a possibility, no matter the time of year. But fishing isn’t the only outdoor activity available as many hunting outfitters can be found in town. And during the summer a visit to a wine tasting or golf tournament is sure to top the list of things to do. The premier event though is Lumberjack Days, held during the Clearwater County Fair in September each year (This year’s event is Sept. 12-15). This logging show celebrates the area’s heritage of logging, lumber and all things wood, with everything from draft horse competitions to hot saw contests. The event is a must attend.

DWORSHAK NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY The hatchery was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and was completed in 1968. It’s the largest steelhead hatchery in the world. There are guided tours available to groups of 10 or more. Tours must be scheduled in advance by calling (208) 476-4591. There is also a viewing balcony for visitors, where you can watch the entire spawning process.

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DWORSHAK STATE PARK This state park, located among the trees on the western shore of Dworshak Reservoir, includes camping, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking. A boat ramp and handling dock make for easy launching. A modern central restroom and shower house are provided for campers. Vault toilets and water faucets are located throughout the park. The park also includes Freeman Creek Campground and Three Meadows Group Camp areas.

The Clearwater Historical Museum brings Clearwater country’s history to life with artifacts from the Nez Perce Tribe, the Chinese pioneers, gold miners, loggers, early homesteaders and more. There are also more than 4,500 historical photographs. The museum is open from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. More information is available by calling (208) 476-5033.

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Pierce ~ Weippe, Idaho Visitors to Pierce can explore its logging history at the J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum. The Shoshone County Courthouse is located behind the museum. The town’s premier event is 1860 Days held each August to celebrate its pioneer past (This year’s event is Aug. 2-4). The most up-to-date information on the area is available at www.pierce-weippechamber.com.

Origin: Many stories are told about the origin of this town’s name (pronounced: Wee ipe). Possible meanings include “ancient place” to words for “camas ground” or “spring water.” Population: 429

The Weippe Discovery Center features several historical murals as well as a living Lewis and Clark Landscape display, along with other information about the area. They offere self-guided tours along the Lewis and Clark Trail or the Ni Mii Puu Trail, the historic route the Nez Perce Indians took to the buffalo grounds across the Rocky Mountains. This trail was also used by the tribe during the Nez Perce War of 1877 to get to Montana. From Weippe, Highway 11 loops back to U.S. Highway 12 at Greer through the prairie, which is one of eight registered landmarks in Idaho and is part of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. Anglers have nearly limitless streams to fish, from tiny creeks to nationally known Weippe, Idaho waters. At the end of the day Full-Size Kitchens & Baths there is no reason to leave. Sleeps 4 to 8 People There are dozens of places Daily or Weekly Rates to stay. Nearby camping, RV parks, motel rooms, cabins and lodges offer many choices of places to rest your head.

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Origin: Pierce is the home of the first government building in the Idaho Territory — the Shoshone County Courthouse — built in 1862. Population: 505

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