Reubens, Idaho


Quick Facts:
Population: 80
Housing Units: 31
Total Area: 0.29 Miles

 Message from the Mayor:

The sleepy little bedroom community of Reubens, population 80, once boasted a citizenry of over 1,500 people. It’s claim to fame includes the only railroad “turn around” between Spalding and Grangeville and the only cyclone to hit the Camas Prairie.  The railroad on stilts movies “Break Heart Pass” and “Wild Wild West” were filmed near Reubens. At the time of the opening of the Reservation there were two main roads leading to the Nez Perce Prairie. The first road skirted the western boundary to the  Nez Perce  reservation en route from Lewiston to Mt. Idaho. The second road was long, but was the one used by Indians as a means to travel southward from the Clearwater River via Lapwai Creek through the forest that was to be found at the top of the grade.  This Indian trail was the same trail that later developed into the water road from Fort Lapwai to the Cottonwood country and to the south.  This was the route taken by most of the homesteaders to travel to the high country prairie as well as the route for them to take their produce  to the valley for market.