Pics in Slide Show Courtesy of Dave King About Our County
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 County.
As of 5:00 PM Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Clearwater County Courthouse and satellite offices are closed to the public. Essential departments will be staffed and will be available to assist people by telephone. If you require a necessary service, please call that department for instructions. If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.
To obtain an absentee ballot for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election CLICK HERE or you can access the request form by CLICKING HERE then mail it to the Clearwater County Auditor's Office, PO Box 586, Orofino, ID 83544 and they will mail the ballot to you. If you have any questions about the May Primary Election call 208-476-5615.