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Ghosts of Brick and Stone

Posted on by Tom Straka / Comments Off on Ghosts of Brick and Stone

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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My Hobo Dad

Posted on by Max Jenkins / Comments Off on My Hobo Dad

Hopping a Freight Train to Idaho By Max Jenkins Photos Courtesy of Max Jenkins My dad, Wes Jenkins, loved farming. But to find his first paying job, he had to live through the Midwest Dust Bowl, overcome 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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Boyle Mountain Bonanza

Posted on by Ray Brooks / Comments Off on Boyle Mountain Bonanza

The Forgotten Lodes Story and photos by Ray Brooks “Rush for Boyle Mountain!” never became a slogan in big-city newspapers in the 1880s. The one-time mining area never enjoyed a post office, and it suffers from going almost
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The Wolf Fang

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Deep in the Mountains, a Family Mine By Robin McRae Photos Courtesy of Robin McRae Recently, the author provided an account of minerals prospecting by his family as part of a 2017 report compiled by Richard H. Holm,
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Idaho’s Pompeii

Posted on by Robin McRae / Comments Off on Idaho’s Pompeii

A Gold Rush Town Drowned By Robin McRae Photos courtesy of Robin McRae Some years ago, Doug Tims asked me to travel with him to the site of Roosevelt, a former gold rush town almost five hours’ drive
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