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The Ground Observer Corps (GOC) was a series of Civil Defense programs in the United States to protect against air attack. Its function was to supplement the radar warning network by visually searching the skies with naked eye and binoculars for e…
Tour Our National Byways
Click on the Tour Our National Byways photograph to enlarge it and view the local byway routes.
The springs of Soda Springs - indeed a curiosity
For eons naturally carbo…
The magnet of gold
In 1870, high in the remote Caribou Range of the middle Rocky Mountains, in southeastern Idaho, gold was discovered by intrepid gold-seekers. Tales of gold and wealth drew thousands to the West during the mid-19th century s…
Settling Grays Lake Valley
With determination and spirit
Cattle, sheep and crops
At first cattlemen found the luxurious waist-high grass of Grays Lake Valley perfect for raising cattle. The severe drought of th…
Discoverd this valley in 1818 or 1819 while hunting beaver for Donald MacKenzie's Northwest Company trappers.
An Iroquois leader — he also explored Grey's River nearby in Wyoming. Aside from his trapping skills, he was noted for his unusua…
Rising to an elevation of more than 9,800 feet, Cariboo Mountain — visible north of here — has two of Idaho's highest gold camps.
Jesse "Cariboo Jack" Fairchild discovered gold high on Cariboo Mountain in August, 1870, and a mining …
Noticeable for their distinct shapes, China Hat and nearby China Cap are rhyolite domes that intruded and pierced the basalt of the Blackfoot Lava Field. The basaltic phase of this volcanic province was active in middle Pleistocene around 500,000 …
In this area are a group of springs famous to Oregon Trail travelers, most of whom stopped to try the "Acid taste and effervescing gasses" of the waters.
Earlier, fur traders often — less elegantly — called the place "Beer Springs" …
Col. P.E. Connor set up the old town of Soda Springs, now mostly flooded, and an adjacent army post near here May 20, 1863.
The gold rush to Idaho had greatly increased traffic on the Oregon Trail, and the post was needed to protect travelers fr…
Caribou Mountain rises 9,800 feet with alpine snowfields feeding Tincup Creek, a tributary to the South Fork of the Snake River. Placer gold discoveries high on the mountain in 1871 led to a gold rush that lasted for two decades. In the 1880s shee…