Charles Faunce established a new stage station on the shores of Lake Waha in 1882. As the first stage stop on the route from Lewiston to Cottonwood, Waha grew into a tiny settlement primarily serving the needs of stagecoach passengers. Postal services were available from 1890 to 1965, and visitors can still find the post office’s historical site located within the saloon/store building Faunce had constructed in 1892. The town is named after a Native American word that translates to “beautiful” or “subterranean water,” both of which accurately describe the area.

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