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We have a Winner: Beverley Jurgens

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Beverley Jurgens took her answer into the Ponderosa Restaurant to claim her gift certificate for two free dinners.

The answer this week should be an easy one for most people familiar with local Lewis and Clark history: Canoe Camp.

After meeting Nez Perce Indians on the Weippe Prairie on Sept. 20, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition came with the Indians to the Clearwater River Canyon to a place they named Canoe Camp.

According to local Lewis and Clark historian Norm Steadman, between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7, they built four large canoes and a smaller pilot canoe. None of the dimensions were recorded by those who kept journals, so we may never know their actual size. We do know that in total, they were capable of carrying 35 people, all their supplies, the large dog "Seaman, and sometimes several dogs they bought for food.

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Canoe Camp is located on U. S. Highway 12 just four miles west of the Orofino Bridge across the Clearwater River. The historic site includes a replica of a canoe and interpretive signs that tell about Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce Indians. It is managed through the National Park Service. The area is in process of being expanded to accommodate more of the visitors that are anticipated during the Bicentennial.

There is an awesome view of Dworshak Dam, as well as the beautiful Clearwater River. Across from the site you can see both Dworshak National Fish Hatchery and Clearwater Hatchery.

Monday: The location is near the Clearwater River.

Tuesday: They worked really hard to accomplish their task.

Wednesday: Wood chips must have flown at this place.

Thursday: What they made carried the men to the Pacific.

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