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The discovery of gold at the mouth of Canal Gulch on Orofino Creek is the answer for Week 79 of Orofino History Trivia, a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Each day we will have clues to help you figure out the answer.

When you think you know the answer, please drop us an email at: If you are living out of the area, please let us know that too.

Return to this page each day for a new clue.

Monday: Splashing water

Tuesday: Search

Wednesday: Creek

Thursday: Scales

Shortly after the Corps of Discovery came through Clearwater Country, the fur trading industry came to Idaho.

Then in 1860, a group of gold seekers, led by Jane, the daughter of Chief Timothy, brought the men through the nearby mountains to what would become Pierce. One of the party led by Captain E.D. Pierce, Wilbur Barrett, was credited with the discovery of gold grains in Canal Gulch on Orofino Creek.

Within a few months, as many as 1600 claims had been filed on the creek. An estimated 6,000 men, among them many Chinese, came to the area seeking their fortunes. This migration caused North Central Idaho to be settled west to east and Pierce City was the first town to be established in the area. Years later as the gold became hard to come by, so were the residents. Most had moved on to new discoveries.

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