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Chief Joseph, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Nez Perce Tribe, Nez Perce War
LOLO CREEK – The Nez Perce National Historic Trail stretches for hundreds of miles through four states, retracing the flight of Chief Joseph and his people from the U.S. Army in 1877.
The narrow strip that runs behind Dave Trusty’s home is just a few hundred feet long.
“It’s actually a road to nowhere,” Trusty told Missoula County commissioners last week. “It goes to my backyard. You can’t go any farther than that.”
Off and on for more than 20 years, Trusty has been trying to convince the county to abandon the road to him – that is, to relinquish public ownership of something that hasn’t been used by the public since the 1950s.
On Wednesday, the commission said no.
Jean Curtiss and Bill Carey voted to deny abandonment, citing the wishes of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee and the historic and cultural significance of the trail.