Lewiston, Idaho, started with wild beginnings and stayed that way for generations. Officially founded in 1861, its origins are born from a gold rush. When gold was discovered up the river in a neighboring town called Pierce, it brought hopeful miners from near and far panning up and down the river. From that population sprang a tent city that would become Lewiston, along with the stories that informed of Lewiston's early history and growth, full of gambling, drinking, wild women, and the occasional murder. This volume covers Lewiston's history, beginning with its official founding in 1861 and expanding the history through the early 1970s, while focusing on the town's heyday in the 1950s.


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    Nez Perce County Museum

    0306 3rd Street 

    Lewiston, Idaho 83501



    Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm

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