Credit: Contributed photo / USFS
Undated photo of rock cairn at Indian Post Office.
As of Tuesday, August 4, 2015
KAMIAH -– Last summer, the Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club (NPApHC) completed a project with the Nez Perce National Historic Trail (NPNHT) to locate, reopen and mark 2.2 miles of historic Nez Perce Trail and redo one mile of the Trail from Moon Saddle to Indian Post Office, which is located along the Lolo Motorway Road 500, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
After brush was cleared and small diameter logs were removed, official NPNHT signs were placed along the Trail and their locations recorded electronically with a GPS. A portion of the Trail that has not been used for perhaps 100 years is now open to horseback riding and hiking traffic.
Due to the significance of this reopened trail, the NPApHC is inviting the public to join them in a dedication/ceremony (traditional singers, empty saddle ceremony, horse parade, and historical speakers) at Indian Post Office Thursday, Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., to dedicate the new trail as well as the U.S. Forest Service’s interpretive sign which explains the importance to the Nimiipuu of the rock cairns at this site as well as the Nez Perce Trail. Prior to the ceremony, lunch will be served at Howard’s Camp at 11 a.m. The ceremony site is about 65 miles east of Kooskia, on US Highway 12 and then 17 miles on Forest Service Saddle Camp Road 107, which is a graveled road.
Other purposes of the trail clearing project were to educate, connect and allow members of the NPApHC the opportunity to be directly active in the stewardship and protection of the Nez Perce Trail.
For information and to sign up for the lunch, contact: Abe Yearout, president, 791-1235; Emmit Taylor, Jr., head wrangler, 843-2497; or Rosa Yearout, secretary, 843-2452, firstname.lastname@example.org.