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,ilL  all ]imll m i:mnHul D,II!I 8 Jill I] II ,ill ]11 L 3 Ilmli il|i]igillit] 11 ] ' '  : Page 16 The History Corner Wednesday, April 4, 2012 The Adams County Record + The History of Horseshoe Bend By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 This week I'm going back to my book, "The Idaho Northern Railway" that Don Dopf and I put together. It is for sale at the Record office or I can mail you a copy. Horseshoe Bend is so named because it lies with- in a bend in the Payette River that is shaped like a horseshoe. North of here, the river flows almost straight south, but makes an abrupt turn to the west at Horseshoe Bend. This bend was a major land- mark for early explorers and miners. Near the mouth of Shafer Creek, about a mile south of the present town of Horseshoe Bend, there is a row of six graves. Eight days after the Ward Massacre of 1854 near present-day Middleton, volunteers from the Dalles, Oregon and soldiers from Fort Walla Walla arrived at Fort Boise. At the mas- sacre site, they buried the dead they could find, and followed the Indians' trail to what was then called the "Big Bend of the Payette" (Horseshoe Bend). Here they found an Indian camp, which they decided to attack. The men were organized and the bugler sounded "charge: But, at the sound of the bugle, the Indians evacuated, and the charge encountered nothing but an empty camp. As the militia pursued the fleeing group, several Indian men were found and killed. In 1855 a band of Bannock Indians were taken prisoner at Horseshoe Bend, and somehow it was deter- mined that six of them had taken part in the Ward party attack. They were hanged, and buried in the six graves at the mouth of Shafer Creek. A principal travel route to the Boise Basin gold fields passed on the south side of this bend in the Payette River. This heavy flow of traffic led to the first settlement at what was sometimes called the "Big Bend: The Bend was a popular camping place on the way to the mines, as it was about one day's journey from there and was the last stopping place before the long climb to the Boise Basin. William J. McConnell and John Porter started a settlement in this area when they established homesteads a couple miles northeast of here on Porter Creek in 1863. That same year, Malon Moore established a stop- ping place along the well- traveled route on the Bend, but soon moved on. Garner Miner and his son-in-law, William Lynch, came to Horse Shoe Bend in 1864, and began to build a two-span bridge across the Payette River about where the highway bridge is now. It took several years to build, and was the only bridge on the Payette River for a time. It was not uncommon for such amenities built by private enterprise to charge a toll, but Miner let the public use his bridge at no charge. In 1866, Miner established a water-powered sawmill near the present site of Horseshoe Bend. Early in 1865, W. H. rush subsided, Horseshoe Bend developed into a prosperous ranching and logging community. The official name of the post office changed from Warrinerville to Horse Shoe Bend on September 11, 1867, when John Douglas became post- master. By 1872 the little town had a hotel, church, sawmill, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and sev- eral homes. Sometime in the next few Years, the name "Horse Shoe Bend" made a subtle change to Parkinson and Benjamin L. "Horseshoe Bend:' Warriner built a sawmill I'll have more and gristmill here. That Horseshoe Bend October, Warriner estab- week. lished a post office named "Warrinerville" near the mill at the mouth of what would later be called Shafer Creek. In 1866 a Kentucky miner named Felix Harris provided an alternative to the pack trails leading east from the Bend when he opened a toll road from here to Placerville (in the Boise Basin). The road was said to have cost $100,000, but the income from tolls was sometimes over $1,000 per day. Until this time, the only wagon road into the Boise Basin was through Boise City. The toll road cut 40 miles off of the journey for freight wagons coming from Oregon After the gold on next Kenneth and Mildred Harrington in the 1960s. From the Gene Camp collection at the museum. This is the Case steam tractor (traction engine) that now sits in the park in downtown Council. The men with it may be Hugh Addington and Merlin Naser, who brought the engine to Council. Hugh's son, Bruce Addington, recently donated his remaining interest in the steam tractors to the city of Council. Garden Corner Almost Ready to Till by Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 mweikal@mtecom.net A few days of warm, rainy weather, a little sunshine and KABOOM. Spring is here! My lawn needs to be mowed already, and I really must start tackling the weeds and grass in the flower beds, I know, I know. But I often find myself wandering around just watching things grow. It's such a glorious time of year, I just want to be still and enjoy it. I started celery, egg plant, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts in pots on the bedroom win- dowsill. The sprouts have sprouted already! Now all I have to do is figure out how to keep them going with- out getting sucked dry by aphids, chewed up by cabbage worms, and going to seed in the summer heat. A lot will probably depend upon how hot it gets this sum- mer. Last year stayed pretty mild, but one year is not a trend. Last fall Peg Tiedemann took 36 cut- tings from her ninebark bush so that we could give a try to starting some new bushes. I bur- ied them in damp ver- miculite all winter long and forgot about them until just now when I was typing along and suddenly remembered that I needed to check on them. They had ALL sprouted. I scrambled to find pots for as many as possible. Almost all have roots and leaf buds both, but the few with- out rootlets got heeled into the garden all the same. You never know... So in the process of potting the ninebark, I discovered that my veg- etable garden soil is very close to tillable. It has a dry crust over damp, friable soil out in the middle where it gets sun. In the shaded corners it is still muddy, but if we go a week without heavy rain I think we could till. While I was outside I also took a look at the shrubs I relocated last year, to see if I killed them or helped them. I think they are all still alive, though it's too soon to tell on the sky rocket juniper and the bridal veil spirea. They had probably grown too large for the move, but they had to be moved or tossed, so I figured it was worth the gamble. Also while I was out- side I realized that I really don't want to be inside anymore, so that's it for this column. See you next week! Pastor's .Corner One Nation Under God.00 I believe we live in the greatest country in the world. Many men and women have fought and died for this country over the years so that we would be able to enjoy the freedoms we have. Many more have worked hard to move this nation for- ward. It is often called the land of milk and honey. Most countries in the world today either want to be like us or they hate us. It seems like the world around us is mov- ing and changing at such a rapid pace, seemingly overnight! Some of this change has been good, but in all of this change, what have we lost and left behind? One nation under God? Where have we put God in all this change? No more prayer in school. No more 10 command- ments in public places. No more Bible in school. For many, no more mor- als or accountability. No more God! In Psalms 112:1-2 it says, "Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. Yes, happy are those who delight in what he commands. Their children will be success- ful everywhere; an entire generation of godly peo- ple will be blessed." One nation under God. Do we fear God? The bible tells us we should. Matthew 6:23 says, "But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. If the light you think you have is really darkness, how deep that darkness will be!" We the people. Are our eyes real- ly open or are they shut? Do we really see what is going on or do we really care? 0+ 2 Corinthians 11:2- 3 says, "I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. For I prom- ised you as a pure bride by Ion Sorg to one husband - Christ. But I fear that somehow you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to Christ, just as Eve was deceived by the serpentY God's chil- dren, His church, is to be the Bride of Christ. But is the church being deceived into thinking that no mat- ter how much we turn away from God and take Him out of more and more in our lives to do our own thing, that He will still bless us and our nation?! God tells us in His word that we will face judgment. We may not be able to change the world, but we can pull together as brothers and sisters in Christ in this communi- ty! We can make a differ- ence in the lives of those around us. Someone's life may be hanging in the balance right now. Open our eyes Lord that we may see!