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Further Reading on the Salmon River

Natural History

Roadside History of Idaho by Betty Derig; Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1996.  The best way to enjoy Idaho’s rich heritage is to visit the sites where history happened.  This book transports you to those places through well researched, well-told text and vivid historic photographs. 

Roadside Geology of Idaho by David Alt and Donald Hynddman; Mountain Press
Publishing Company, 1989.  Few states pack so many different rocks into such a small area as Idaho.  This book covers the unique occurrence in an exciting geologic story. 

Guide to the Common Plants of Hells Canyon by Richard Bingham and Douglass
Henderson; Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, 1979.  A great book to assist you in identifying the various flora found within the Salmon River Canyons. 

Field Guide to Forest Plants of Northern Idaho by Jonalea Tonn; U.S.D.A. Forest Service
Intermountain Research Stateion, 1985.  This guide book is a bit more diverse including various plants found within the state of Idaho. 

Fishes of Idaho by James Simpson and Richard Wallace; University of Idaho Press, 1978.  A guide book with great discriptions of fisheries within the state. 


The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest by Alvin Josephy; University of
Nebraska Press, 1971.  A viviid depiction of exploring and concuring the West and the role that the Nez Perce played in it. 

Forlorn Hope: The Battle of White Bird Canyon and the Beginning of the Nez Perce War
by John McDermott; Idaho State Historical Society, 1978.  A decent recount of the events prior to the battle, the actual engagement itself, and its aftermath. 

Salmon and His People, Fish and Fishing in the Nez Perce Culture by Dandd Landeen
and Allen Pinkham; Confluence Press, 1999.  Fish and fishing in the Nez Perce Culture, illustrated with 200 color photographs as well as dozens of historic images to chronicle its importance to the Nez Perce people.  This book gives you a real sense of how important the Salmon were and are to the Nez Perce. 

River of No Return by Johnny Carrey and Cort Conley; Backeddy Books, 1978.  This is probably the best book to deepen ones’ appreciation of the Salmon River. 

“I Will Fight No More Forever:” Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War by Merrill Beal;
University of Washington Press, 1963.  A book about Chief Joseph and his tribe the Nez Perce. 

Pioneer Days in Idaho County
, Volume I by Sisteer M. Alfreda Elsensohn; The Caxton
Printers, 1947.  A great book about the homesteaders in the Salmon River Canyons. 

Idaho Chinese Lore by Sister Alfreda Elsensohn; The Caxton Printers, 1970.  A great depiction of the impact that the Chinese culture had on Idaho history. 

From Sojourner to Citizen: Chinese of the Inland Empire by Edith Erickson; University
Printing & Color Copy Center, 1989.  A historical account of Chinese culture in Northern Idaho. 

Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne McCunn
; Beacon Press, 1981.  A great story of the infamous Polly Bemiss, a Chinese immigrant to Central Idaho. 

Salmon River Saga by Kenneth Platt; Ye Galleon Press, 1978. 

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy
by Kent Nerburn; Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.  The most accurate account of the Nez Perce role in the Nez Perce War of 1877. 

Yellow Wolf: His Own Story, by L.V. McWhorter; The Caxton Printers, 1995.  A very personal and detailed account of the Flight of the Nez Perce, from one of their own. 

Lower Salmon River Boater’s Guide
, by Luverne Grussing and Jennifer Jones; U.S.
Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, 2005.  The official boating guide for the Salmon River Canyons.