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HISTORY of PIERCE

Pierce, Idaho, is a small town located in Clearwater County in the north-central part of the state. The town was established in the late 1860s during the gold rush that swept through Idaho and the surrounding region.

The first significant gold discovery in Pierce was made in 1860 by Elias D. Pierce, for whom the town is named. News of the discovery quickly spread, and by the following year, a small community of miners had established themselves in the area. 

Over the next several years, the town grew

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rapidly as more and more people arrived in search of gold. By the mid-1870s, Pierce had become one of the largest cities in Idaho, with a population of over 5,000 people.

Despite its early success, the gold rush eventually waned, and many people left the town in search of other opportunities. By the early 1900s, Pierce's population had dwindled to just a few hundred people.

Today, Pierce is a quiet town with a population of around 500. While the gold rush is long gone, the town's history is still very much alive, and visitors can explore many of the area's historic sites and museums.

Some of the town's most notable historic sites include the Pierce Courthouse, which was built in 1877 and is the oldest standing courthouse in Idaho. Visitors can also explore the Pierce Historic Museum, which features exhibits on the town's mining history and the daily lives of its residents.In addition to its rich history, Pierce is also known for its natural beauty.

 

The town is surrounded by pristine forests and is located near several popular hiking trails and fishing spots. Pierce, is a beautiful small town with a fascinating history that dates back to the gold rush of the late 1800s. Today, the town is a peaceful and picturesque destination that offers visitors a glimpse into Idaho's past and its natural beauty.

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