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A big thank
you goes out to prior Lemhi County Coordinators, Trinity Boss and
Alberta Wiederrick. Special thanks also to the Idaho State Coordinator,
Mike St. Clair and Asst. State Coordinator, Mitch Ryder.
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following books are a suggested reading and research list for Lemhi County.
Some of these books may be obtained through interlibrary loan, while others
are located at the Salmon Idaho Public Library.
about Interlibrary Loans.....
those of you haven't tried "Interlibrary Loan" - it is the greatest
thing since ice cream! If you want to read a book that you can't get locally
talk to your librarian. Most US libraries participate in the program.
Write down the book title, author, and any other details you may have
such as publisher. Give it to your librarian and she will order the book
in for you. My library charges me between $2-$5 to get any book that circulates
in the country. The process usually takes several weeks. The library calls
you when it comes in. Usually you can take the book home for several weeks.
Some libraries require you read the book on the premises. It depends on
the policy of the lending library and the value of the book. Some books
are so scarce that they don't circulate.
you can't obtain your book through interlibrary loan - there is still
hope. Make a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington DC some day.
They have a copy of almost every book ever published in the U.S. Everyone
needs to visit this wonderful repository at least once in their life!
And don't forget Ebay - always a good source for obscure books, as is
Amazon.com. One final place to look - check out the local historical societies
- they usually have books and transcriptions available for sale because
sale of their transcriptions is one of their major sources of funding.
Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America, by Timothy
Egan, a great book that outlines the huge forest fire that
swept through Idaho and Montana in the early 1900s. This fire, in
which many lives were lost, was instrumental in the creation and support
of the US Forest Service by Teddy Roosevelt and the US Congress. Index
Main Street: A History of Salmon City Main Street 1866 - 2010,
Researched and written by Lemhi County Historical Society members
Cheryl Jones, Alberta Wiederrick, and Kay Chaffin. This book can
be purchased for $14.95 plus .90 sales tax $15.85. They can
be reached at:
Lemhi County Historical
210 Main St
Salmon, Idaho 83467
Phone: (208) 756-3342
Quiet Ground, Julia I. Randolph , published 1989 by Maverick
Publications, Bend OR. This is an extensive writing of all the cemeteries
within Lemhi County with the exception of the Salmon Cemetery
Lemhi, Sacajawea's People, by Brigham D. Madsen
People: The Lemhi Shoshones and the Salmon River Country,
by John W.W. Mann
John W. W. Mann offers an absorbing and richly detailed look at
the life of Sacajawea's people before their first contact with non-Natives,
their encounter with the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early
nineteenth century, and their subsequent confinement to a reservation.
He follows the liquidation of the Lemhis’ reservation in 1907
to their forced union with the Shoshone-Bannock tribes of the Fort
Hall Reservation and recounts their continuing struggle to maintain
their political, economic, and cultural integrity.
of America, Lemhi County,
by Hope Benedict, Lemhi County Historical Society.
and historian, Hope Benedict was born and raised in the Lemhi Valley.
In this Arcadia publication, Benedict uses the extensive photo collection
of the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum to portray the
history of this American Western community. Photos of the Lemhi
Shoshoni, mining, ranching, the timber industry, early transportation,
pioneers, and Salmon City at the turn of the twentieth century,
instill a sense of this place and its past.
Limhi: The Mormon Adventure In Oregon Territory 1855-1858,
By David L. Bigler
In this comprehensive history, David Bigler demonstrates that the
LDS colony, known as the Salmon River Mission (Fort Limhi), played
a pivotal role in the Utah War of 1857-58 and that the catastrophic
end of the mission was critical in preventing all out war between
Mormon Utah and the United states. In the process, he uses a multitude
of primary sources to reconstruct a dramatic and compelling story
involving stalwart Mormon frontiersmen, Brigham Young, Native Americans,
the U.S. Army, and mountaineers. As historian Will Bagley writes in
his foreword to this book, "With its astonishing fish stories,
desperate Indian battles, life-threatening chases, and heroic rides
to rescue a terrified and helpless outpost, this work has all the
elements of a great frontier novel."
Off And Push": The Story of the Gilmore & Pittsburgh Railroad
By Thornton Waite
Completed in 1910 to facilitate mining in the "Texas Mining District"of
Lemhi County, the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad faced a multitude
of challenges in its thirty year history, including steep mountain
tracks, harrowing snow storms, floods, and an unstable economy. A
shortage of profits led to poor maintenance and the train earned a
variety of nicknames, including "The Get Out and Push."Nonetheless,
the railroad played a critical role in the early growth and development
of the region.
of Lemhi County, By G.E. Shoup
This brief history of Lemhi County (originally published in the Salmon
Recorder Herald) was compiled by George Elmo Shoup, son of Colonel
George Laird Shoup who not only played a significant role in the economic
and political development of Lemhi County but went onto become Idaho's
last territorial and first state governor as well as one of Idaho's
first United States Senators. George Elmo was first hand witness to
much of his story and he provides an interesting perspective on the
early years of a western mining and ranching community.
Governors: Historical Essays On Their Administrations,
By Robert C. Sims and Hope A. Benedict
Idaho's Governors: Historical Essays on Their Administrations is an
excellent guide to the history of Idaho through its top political
officials. The essays, written by regional historians, cover critical
issues in the development of state's government and of the state in
general. In addition, the book serves as resource for future research
into the rich political history of this state. The essays span the
territorial era through the midpoint of Governor Cecil Andrus' third
and fourth terms in office.
and Clark in Lemhi County, Idaho,
By Richard R. Smith
A Salmon, Idaho, native, Smith portrays the Lewis and Clark Corps
of Discovery experience (August 1805) in Lemhi County, Idaho.
In The Shuffle: A History of the Veterans of Lemhi County, Idaho
By Julia I. Randolph
Julia Randolph, regional historian and author of a number of books
on East Central Idaho, including This Quiet Ground and Gibbonsville:
The Golden Years, compiled the biographies of Lemhi County Veterans
from the Civil War to those who served in World War I.
Charbonneau, By John E. Rees
John E. Rees, early Lemhi County resident, teacher, politician, and
businessman, wrote this account of Sacajawea just over one hundred
years after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. To the continuing mystery
of Sacajawea's life, Rees adds his theories about the young woman
who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.
on the Middle Fork, By Don Ian Smith and Naida West
Based on a true story - one of Idaho's strangest murders (1917): Frieda
lives by the laws of the wilderness in primitive isolation with her
husband until she finds something more important than raw survival.
Suspense intensifies to the shocking conclusion, then resolves in
deliverance. Set on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Pieces of Local History , By Students of Salmon High School
Salmon High School students, under the direction of teachers, Dr.
Terry Magoon and Mike Crosby, interviewed regional residents, conducted
archival research, and created a series of historical journals invaluable
to the history of this state. This is one of the few editions still
The Legacy of the Blackbird Mine, By Russell Steele
Mining and the search for mineral wealth has been a major factor in
the history of the Blackbird Canyon, starting with the discovery of
copper and gold in the 1800s, and then cobalt, a strategic mineral
during WWI, WWII and Korean War. This book is a chronologic history
of the Blackbird Mine, starting with the discovery of copper by a
native american, ending with clean up of the environmental damage
created by human activity in the canyon. Steele shares with readers
what it was like to live and work at the Blackbird. He tells his family
stories and those families that participated in creating the Blackbird
River Memories: Pioneers, Characters, and Great Neighbors ,
By Boyd Rood
Enjoy "The way it was" memories, pictures, and some history
of a portion of the Idaho that is the Salmon River Country. The book
describes early pioneer life in the homeland of Sacajawea . . . "You
will laugh, you will cry, and maybe, just maybe, you will have a longing
for life in the"good old days." The author grew up on a
cattle ranch sixty miles west of Salmon and had first-hand experiences
of "the way it was."