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Page 8 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The History Corner By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 I'm going to continue on up the Payette River from Horseshoe Bend, using excerpts from the Idaho Northern Railway book that Don Dopf and I put together. The book is available at the Record office. About two miles up the railroad .from the Horseshoe Bend depot was the Caldwell Box Company sawmill and logging operation. It was north and east of the tracks in the bend formed by the river here. I don't have much information about when it was there and when it disappeared. About three miles up the Payette River from Horseshoe Bend, Hell Roaring gulch comes down to the river. There are two Hell Roaring Creeks in Idaho, as well as a Hell Roaring Lake. The Creeks, and this gulch, were undoubtedly named after the sound of the water flowing in them. At Hell Roaring Gulch, the highway crosses the river, while the tracks continue on the west side of the Payette. Beginning at this point, the original road up the Payette River.can be seen above (west of) the tracks for several miles. By 1890 there were pack trails along the Payette River between Horseshoe Bend and Smiths Ferry, but the only wagon road to Long Valley from the south was the Sweet- Ola Road that went up Squaw Creek, then over Tripod Saddle and down to Smiths Ferry. Long Valley settlers were not happy with this situation. A Boise newspaper remarked in 1898: "The people of Long Valley have determined to have a shorter road to Boise than the one now used, and with that object secured subscriptions of several hundred dollars from people of the valley. During this week a considerable sum was subscribed by Boise merchants and the road will be built at once." More than a decade later, nothing had been done. Much of the traffic between the Treasure Valley and McCall / Long Valley, followed the Weiser River through Council and New Meadows. By 1911 people could travel by train all the way to New Meadows and then go on by wagon or stage to McCall. The state legislature William J. McConnell finally decided a more direct route was needed after the Idaho Northern had already started building a railroad up the Payette River. In 1911, lawmakers provided funding, and a new wagon road was constructed. It went northeast from Boise via Spring Valley and crossed to the west side of the Payette River at Horseshoe Bend. From there it stayed on the west side all the way to Banks where it climbed up to Tripod Lakes and connected with the Sweet- Ola Road and continued to Smiths Ferry and crossed back to the east side of the river for the rest of the way to McCall. When the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads approved a highway numbering system in 1926, the Payette Highway was designated State Highway 15, and later State Highway 55. ~Ihe present route of t-[i~hway 55 was established during the 1920s and '30s, with much of the work being done during the Great Depression using federal emergency relief funds, from the Payette River. It was finally finished The onions grew quickly, with the completion of and within six weeks, the Rainbow Bridge on the partners tied them in November 1, 1933. Parts of bunches of a dozen and this highway were unpaved sold them for a dollar to as late as 1938. miners in the Boise Basin. About 3 miles above Their first onion crop Horseshoe Bend (at yielded $100; that's the Highway milepost 67) equivalent of about $1,900 Porter Creek enters the today. Payette River from the east. They planted big It was named after William gardens and packed McConnell's partner, fresh vegetables to the John Porter. McConnell miners in the Boise Basin. and Porter came to Their green onions were this location in 1863. particularly popular, McConnell's landlady inbut they also sold Portland hadgiven him a potatoes, sweet corn and wash pan flail of onion sets, watermelon. Since their which they planted in ahomesteads were right garden they established on on the route to the gold Porter Creek, about a mile mines, they also made a killing selling produce to travelers. McConnell was a leader of the Payette Vigilantes who rid the area of horse thieves and other outlaws. He went on to become a Deputy U.S. marshal, a U.S. senator, and Idaho's third governor. In 1866 a severe grasshopper infestation in the whole area drove McConnell and Porter out of business, Porter Creek seems to have been heavily used by Native Americans for thousands of years, possibly as a camp during the salmon runs up the Payette. There is an Indian burial ground near Porter Creek. A random picture from the museum files. This one shows the WiHde sawmill on Hornet Creek. Oscar Ketcham (age 17) is driving the team. This picture has to be before October of 1906, as it was about that time that Oscar was killed when a team of horses, maybe even the very one he is shown with here, ran away with him near this sawmill. The newspaper account said he was 17 years old, so the fateful accident must have happened not long after this photo was taken. Pastor's Corner by Ion Sorg What a perfect day it was. The weather was great, everything starting to turn green with the sunny days. Thank you God for spring! Brand new baby animals, the flowers and the trees all starting to wake up and begin blooming again. So much new life in the springtime! And this is where my story begins today, new life or a new beginning in your life. Jesus was a servant all his life. He served God, and he also served man. He had hardships and struggles, and at times was misunderstood. But none of that stopped him. But it seems in our lives when we get hurt or disappointed we stop what we were doing. Our mission is over, and we move into self-preservation mode. Yes, there is a cost in being a servant. Christ died on the cross. But God designed you with a purpose. He created you to make a difference with your life. We look at the life of Jesus and how he served others his entire life here on earth, even until his death. Do we see the difference our lives can make? Do we take the time to look at the people around us and sympathize with their pain, listen when they need a shoulder to cry on or just someone to be there for them when they need to vent? Do we see the moments God places in our lives to serve the needs of others? I believe God has given each of us a special gift or ability to love and care for others. Are we looking for these opportunities to serve? In 1 Peter 4:10 it says, "God has given ,gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you." Don't hide your gifts; use them for God's glory. In 2 Corinthians 1:4 it says, "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able /:o give them the same comfort God has given us" God has given us comfort so that we can pass it on to others. Easter day is over, but Easter means we have new life in Christ. Christ gave his life to give us new life and life everlasting, so don't waste what he has given. Keep your eyes open to the people God places in your life today. Seize every moment. Co Compang to a/gt 'n/oga/ We will be closing our doors as of April 28th, 2012. Your patronage has truely been appreciated. ~tm're in good hands. tNSU~ N CE C ONS~ LT&~TS 24 hour towing and roadside service!' Recommended and contracted with most major Auto Clubs and Insurance Companies INSURANCE GROUP ~md.e~m k/b