The famous Salmon River, a.k.a. “The River of No Return,” runs right through the middle of this central Idaho town. With a population of approximately 3,100 people, the town of Salmon is rich in history. It is the birthplace of Sacajawea, the famous Lemhi-Shoshone Indian woman who served as interpreter to the Lewis & Clark Expedition and is home to the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Educational Center. This center provides education about both Sacajawea and the Lemhi-Shoshone Indian Tribe. The town also celebrates an annual festival in her honor called Sacajawea Heritage Days.
Aside from being the birthplace of a noted historical figure, Salmon has developed into a well-known whitewater capital because of its access to the Salmon River. Whitewater rafting on the Salmon River is some of the best in the United States. The fact that it runs right through the middle of town makes it easily accessible, extremely popular and helps attract many tourists for its whitewater rafting alone. Other popular activities for the area include fishing, hunting, horseback riding, ice-skating and Nordic and alpine skiing, as Salmon is just 45 minutes away from the Lost Trail Powder Mountain Resort. In 2004, Salmon was recognized as an “Idaho Heritage City,” and a “Community of Promise,” by the Association of Idaho Cities, and has also been honored as one of the “100 Best Cities for Young People” by America’s Promise Organization.
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