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Cedar is the answer for Week 441 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Became a valuable resource

Tuesday: In demand for a variety of products

Wednesday: Distinctive features

Thursday: North Fork Clearwater River

Cedar trees were plentiful on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and as the demand for cedar products grew around 1915. Residents quickly seized the opportunity to make it available to the new market for grape stakes, supports for fruit tree branches and boles, fence posts, rails, drying shed pole construction material, shakes, shingles and box wood for shipping. Much of this went to the growing industry of orchards and gardens around Lewiston.

Tom Farbo in his book White Pine, Wobblies and Wannigans writes about how the cedar was cut, made into rafts and floated by a small crew of two or three men to the mills. Cedar poles were also in high demand and pole yards were established in Orofino, Ahsahka and Greer. Cedar was for a time king. It gave those living on the North Fork a valuable product to support their families.

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