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Paddlewheel/steam boat excursions on the Clearwater River is the answer for Week 450 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Some had entertainment

Tuesday: Some people brought a picnic lunch.

Wednesday: It is described as a journey back in time.

Thursday: People came from surrounding towns to participate.

Friday: Happened on the Clearwater and Snake

Saturday: They were all similar in the way they traveled.

Monday: The sweet fragrance and varied hues of wildflowers greeted them in spring.

Tuesday: Another mode of transportation replaced them up the Clearwater.

Wednesday: Sometimes they battled a strong current.

Thursday: Sometimes it was a smooth trip with the beauties of nature all around.

Friday: It was an age of elegance for some.

Saturday: A wheel on the stern was on of their major characteristics.

Prior to the coming of the railroad up the Clearwater River, steam powered paddlewheelers brought passengers on excursions. In the book, Clearwater Steam, Steel and Spirit, it is characterized as an age elegance. Some of those trips included entertainment, yet some were more simple and people brought picnic lunches.

Passengers were treated to the smell and sight of wildflowers in the spring and other scenes of nature during other seasons. It was said to be like traveling back in time because the area was in early development stages. As time went on more and more of the conventions of civilization came to the area.

The season of paddlewheeler pretty well came to an end with the coming of the railroad.

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