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James Arness of Gunsmoke is the answer for Week 321 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: He wasn't widely known then.

Tuesday: It was a temporary job.

Wednesday: Camp J

James Arness of Gunsmoke fame worked one summer for the Clearwater Timber Protective Association when he was 18 or 19 years old.

According to a letter he sent Adrian Nelson March 30, 1965, Arness worked at Camp J north of Headquarters during the summer of 1942. He particularly remembered Saturday nights in Orofino.

"I particularly remember the Saturday nights we spent in Orofino. I think the memory of those Saturday nights is about as close to Dodge City as you could get in modern times," a portion of the letter says.

See a copy of the letter from the files of Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association below:

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