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Return of the Captives

Posted on by Trevor James Bond / Comments Off on Return of the Captives

How the Nez Perce Rallied America and Rescued Their Heritage By Trevor James Bond In a new book, Coming Home to Nez Perce Country: The Niimíipuu Campaign to Repatriate Their Exploited Heritage (Washington State University Press), librarian and
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Ghosts of Brick and Stone

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Idaho’s Charcoal Kilns By Tom Straka Contemporary photos by Dick Ringelstetter The charcoal kilns of central Idaho’s early mining days described here are accompanied by another story in this issue about the mines, smelters, and charcoal pits connected
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Grandma Morris

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Pioneer Tough By Max Jenkins In April 1916, after enduring several years of drought in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Grandma and Granddad moved with their four children to Idaho. Grandma’s brothers and sisters had already purchased train tickets to
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Steamed

Posted on by Ray Brooks / Comments Off on Steamed

Boilers in the Mountains Story and Photos by Ray Brooks Idaho’s few high-mountain steam boilers left over from mining in the 1800s are interesting artifacts, but these rusty behemoths can present a danger to those who practice the
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The Smoky Mines

Posted on by Ray Brooks / Comments Off on The Smoky Mines

Boom! And Then Poof Story and Photos by Ray Brooks As a feet-on-the-ground amateur historian, I not only like to research the stories of Idaho mines and ore mills but to explore the sites, which often are deep
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Sage Acres

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A Farmers’ Racetrack By Michael Vogt Photos Courtesy of Michael Vogt About a mile west of Farmway Road on Homedale Road near Huston—a farming community outside Caldwell that once was a center of Canyon County commerce—stood a racetrack
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A Splendid Showing

Posted on by Justin Vipperman / Comments Off on A Splendid Showing

Idaho’s First Black Lawyer By Justin Vipperman When I grew up in rural Idaho, I had few opportunities to interact with African Americans on a day-to-day basis. Moving to Tennessee in 1999 provided me with ample opportunities to
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