Watson’s Store
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 46° 26.810 W 116° 49.034
11T E 514037 N 5143711
The old Watson’s Store at Nez Perce NHP.
Waymark Code: WMAHE4
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 01/16/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
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NPS interpretive sign about the Watson’s Store. The sign is located near the store in Spalding.
Marker Name: Watson’s Store

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Watson’s store was typical of country stores that served small communities on the Nez Perce reservation in the early 1900s. The inventory included groceries and hardware, yet Watson’s also had stocks of beads for decorative work and canvas for tipis specifically for Nez Perce customers. The Watsons adapted their business practices to meet the needs of their clientele, often accepting barter rather than cash to pay for goods. Many of the town’s buildings are now gone, but the store is a reminder that the Watsons were once a prominent part of a thriving community. Because it is near the main road, the store also served travelers visiting the Spalding state park or driving between Lewiston and Lapwai.

County: Nez Perce

City: Spalding

Group Responsible for Placement: National Park Service

Marker Number: None

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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Volcanoguy visited Watson’s Store 09/29/2009 Volcanoguy visited it