Lewiston, Idaho

Lewiston Business Signs

Lewiston is a city located in the northwestern most region of the present-day U.S. state of Idaho.  Prior to incursions by citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people, for thousands of years.  The first United States citizens to visit the area were members of the David Thompson Expedition in 1803.  They established the first white settlement in Idaho, known as MacKenzie’s Post.  This post ultimately failed, but then in October of 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the area.

The city of Lewiston, Idaho, which was founded in 1861 following a gold rush, is believed to have been named after Meriwether Lewis – although it could also have been named after Lewiston, Maine.  In any case, Lewiston, Idaho was officially incorporated that same year, in 1861.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Lewiston, Idaho has a total population of 32,872 people.  This makes it the ninth most populous city in the state of Idaho.  According to that same estimate, the Lewiston, Idaho metropolitan area has a total population of 61,476 people.  This makes it the 365th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Due to its location (at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers), Lewiston, Idaho is reachable by some ocean-going vessels who travel via dams and locks.  Therefore, the Port of Lewiston, which is the state of Idaho’s only seaport, also has “the distinction of being the farthest inland port east of the West Coast of the United States.”

Otherwise, Lewiston, Idaho’s economy is dominated by Clearwater Paper, who operate a large wood pulp mill in the city.  In fact, Clearwater Paper is the largest employer in Lewiston, Idaho’s manufacturing sector.  Along with paper, the ammunition manufacturing industry also does well in the city as well.  Ammunition makers CCI and Speer Bullet (which are now both brands of Vista Outdoor) are headquartered in the city.  Extreme Bullet even maintains a plant there as well.

Lewiston, Idaho is also home to Lewis-Clark State College, which is a public undergraduate college founded back in 1893.  As of 2012, Lewis-Clark State College has 4,304 students enrolled in its programs in total.  Fascinatingly, the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors have won a whopping 18 NAIA Baseball National Championships since 1984!

Lewiston, Idaho is located near Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.  Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, which was established on December 31st, 1975, is governed by the United States Forest Service.  This area was established in order “to protect the historic and archeological values of the Hells Canyon area and the area of the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington border.”

Otherwise, Lewiston, Idaho is known for hosting the annual Dogwood Festival, which, as its name would suggest, celebrates the area’s natural abundance of dogwood trees.  Lewiston, Idaho also holds “Hot August Nights” and a Christmas Festival, featuring the display of a retired locomotive Steam Engine 92 and Camas Prairie RR Caboose.

Is there any chance you are the owner of a small business in and/or around the Lewiston, Idaho area?  Have you, by any chance, thought of starting up such an exhilarating endeavor?  The resources listed below may be able to guide you should you choose to embark upon such a quest:

Apply for a Business License in Lewiston, Idaho:


Business in Downton Lewiston, Idaho:


Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce:


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