North Fork Travel Guide

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North Fork Overview

North Fork is a tiny town of about 200 located along U. S. Highway 93 in Lemhi County in Central Idaho. North Fork began in the late 1800s and was named for its location at the confluence of the North Fork and Main Fork of the Salmon Rivers. Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery passed through this canyon in late August 1805 while trying to find an easy water route to the Pacific Ocean. A small advance party camped near what is now North Fork with a group of friendly Indians. Lewis and Clark explored a few miles of the Salmon River here and determined that the rapidly moving water made passage by canoe "entirely impossibleā€. They bought packhorses from the local Indians and traveled 110 miles north to an old Indian trail across the mountains. Years later buffalo hunters transited an Indian trail near here that led from what would become Lewiston. Around 1835 a missionary named Samuel Parker crossed the trail with a Nez Perce trading party and in 1862 prospectors eager to participate in the Montana Gold Rush and Lewiston merchants hoping to get some of the money brought in by the mines, transited this route.