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Clearwater County was established February 27, 1911, by the State of Idaho under the provisions of House Bill No. 2 of the Eleventh Session of the State of Idaho; Clearwater County was named for the Clearwater River whose name was translated from the Nez Perce term Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai, describing clear water. 

In 1805 Lewis and Clark followed an old Indian trail between the north and middle forks of the Clearwater River and met the Nez Perce near the present site of Weippe, Idaho.  Gold was first discovered by E.D. Pierce in 1860 and Pierce City and the oldest mining town in Idaho came into existence and was home to the first courthouse in Idaho.

Clearwater County was formed from Nez Perce County which was a part of Shoshone County from 1864 until 1904, when it then became established as a part of Nez Perce County from 1904 until 1911.  February 27, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of Clearwater Count 

Recycle Center Closing

After a great deal of thought, consideration, and research, we regret to inform the community that the recycle center, located at 2230 Michigan Ave., will be closing as of 6/15/2020. It is no longer feasible to continue. Recyclables may be dropped off at the transfer station in the bins provided during regular business hours. We will continue to accept clean tin (i.e. soup and vegetable cans, coffee tin cans, etc.) and aluminum cans. We ask that the tin cans are clean (rinsed out) and separated from the aluminum. You may also bring your cardboard to the transfer station. We are still working to find a solution for recycling the cardboard.

Also, as a reminder, we currently do not separate plastic or paper from normal household trash.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our county clean. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have at 208-476-7903.


Orofino Creek Bridge Update 
Construction on the new Orofino Creek Bridge is continuing. As soon as the drill arrives, pilings will resume through next week. There is a high potential that work will continue through Aug. 1 and 2 between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

During construction traffic will have to go around Harmony Heights Loop via the Deer Creek Road side.

The project is expected to last approximately 90-days. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and pay attention when traveling in this area. 

The County is striving to keep the public informed about the progress in a speedier manner. Your patience is appreciated, and we apologize for any inconvenience. 

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Kinder, HDR Engineering, Inc. at 208-631-9653 or the Road Department at 208-476-4813.

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