Pierce, Idaho

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Pierce is a city in Clearwater County, Idaho. Elias D. Pierce and Wilbur F. Bassett made the first discovery of gold in Idaho (then Washington Territory), on Orofino Creek (Canal Gulch) in 1860, a mile (1.6 km) north of Pierce. [1]. The population was 617 at the 2000 census.

Pierce was once the county seat for Shoshone County, Washington Territory.[1]
The Pierce Courthouse, constructed in 1862, is Idaho's oldest public building.[2]

The Bald Mountain Ski Area is located 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Pierce.



Pierce is located at 46°29′33″N 115°47′58″W / 46.4925°N 115.79944°W / 46.4925; -115.79944 (46.492566, -115.799466),[3] at an elevation of 3094 feet (943 m) above sea level. It is located on the Weippe Prairie, north of the Clearwater River canyon.

According to the U.S. Census, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 617 people, 251 households, and 189 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.6 people per square mile (290.5/km²). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 361.6/sq mi (140.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.46% White, 1.30% Native American, 0.32% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

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