Lewiston recently renovated one of its oldest buildings for the construction of a 21st Century library in the heart of downtown. The library at 411 D Street now provides the community with free and open access to knowledge, ideas and information to support their pursuit of learning. Historically, ‘access for all’ is what drove the establishment of most public libraries. This mission still rings true today. Enjoy your new library well and often! The library provides a regular community meeting space as well as access to books and technology.
….or walk. Downtown Lewiston has excellent access to the Lewis-Clark Valley’s extensive trail system that runs for miles along the Snake and Clearwater rivers. Downtown itself is also becoming more walkable with streetscape improvements, art, benches and shade. Stroll through beautiful downtown Lewiston and visit our many local shops and eateries.
Grab your bicycle and make your way to downtown Lewiston using our incredible trail system and Fifth Street’s new designated bike lane and other bicycle amenities. And, speaking of RIDE, the Lewis Clark Valley’s public transit system includes a route that goes right by the new library building so you can explore downtown and connect to our beautiful levee system.
For an easy 1.5 mile walk or run, begin at “The Dance” statue in Brackenbury Square and head west. Hang a right at Fifth Street, where you’ll see the 2011 historic downtown Lewiston mural by Peter Goetzinger. Continue north on Fifth to view various statues and functional art pieces, such as bicycle racks and benches. Cross the pedestrian bridge just where you’ll have an up-close view of Melissa Cole’s mosaic work, installed in 2012. Make the loop on the levee trail, heading west, and you’ll go by the Tsceminicum at the confluence. When you hit the Interstate (“Blue”) Bridge, head west back toward downtown and take a detour at the Christopher Fennell’s 23’ “Canoe Wave” and mural. On the other side of Main Street you’ll see entryway sculptures and signage. Travel back through downtown on D Street to view two older murals, and end your route back at the corner of F Street and Fifth Street, where you’ll see another one of Cole’s mosaics and a new mural (in the courtyard of Towne Square) by Kelsey Grafton.
This 11 mile bicycle route begins and ends at the Nez Perce County Historical Museum on Third Street in downtown Lewiston. After enjoying the historic photos and educational resources that the museum has to offer, hop on your bicycle and ride east for two blocks until you hit Fifth. Turn left and use the new bicycle lane to reach the levee trail system. Ride toward the confluence (west) and then head up the trail along the Snake River for approximately 5.5 miles. The trail will take you into Hells Gate State Park (if you’re riding in the summer, be sure to pack water – it’s not called Hells Gate for nothin’). Continue along the bike path, past the marina, until you come to the Lewis Clark Discovery Center. Take a break here to check out the displays within and surrounding this museum. Your next destination (and turn-around spot) is the Jack O’Connor Center, about a quarter mile further up the road (you’ll need to use extra precaution, because to reach the Center you’ll need to ride for a brief time along the regular road, and then take a left up a small hill). After you have enjoyed your time learning about the “undisputed dean of outdoor writers,” turn around and ride back to downtown Lewiston. End your heritage ride at the Lewiston City Library by checking out their collection of local history books.