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In great anticipation of the subdivision of Nez Perce tribal lands, government officials platted out Nezperce in 1895. More than 5,000 white settlers lined up for a chance to purchase the newly established lots, and the town boomed overnight.

As the town’s sensational start began to lose its luster by 1909, Z.A. Johnson and a few local farmers constructed a fourteen-mile rail line that connected Nezperce to Craigmont with the Camas Prairie Railroad. Despite these men’s attempts, the town continued to dwindle in size, boasting just 1,800 residents in 1911. Since then, the community has continued to decline in population but retains a peaceful setting.

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