J&S auto transport drivers criss-cross the highways and byways of America delivering cars for our customers. While many of our transports take us along heavily traveled routes, we often end up on the smaller highways in the rural parts of the country. One such highway is US 95. Unlike many other US highways, US 95 hasn’t been replaced on most of its length by an encroaching Interstate highway corridor, due to its mostly rural course. It still travels from border to border and is a primary north–south highway in both Nevada and Idaho, and is one of the only US Routes or Interstate highways to cross from Mexico to Canada.
If you happen to be traveling through Idaho along US 95 near Riggins, you’ll come across this little gem, The Little Salmon River. The Little Salmon River is a tributary of the Salmon River in Idaho, and is about 51 miles long and drains 576 square miles of land. It rises on Blue Bunch Ridge in the Sawtooth Range of south-central Idaho, close to Payette Lake, and from there it flows north towards Riggins, is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River.
Historically, the Nez Perce, Shoshone and Bannock tribes inhabited the watershed of the Little Salmon River. Their lifestyle depended on the river for salmon and on the surrounding lands for other animals, as well as precious natural minerals and resources that provided them with items to trade.
Photo by Ron Kukus.