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Page 8 Wednesday, May 2, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner Coal of Fine Quality I'm continuing with cross Calamity Gulch. I same number of people. A excerpts from the book couldn't find any story town named "Jerusalem; Don Dopf and I put behind the name, but along the creek by the together about the Idaho there must have been an same name, had grown to Northern Railway that interesting one. a population of about 100 ran between Nampa and Just north of Calamity people by 1872. In 1877, McCall. The book (along Gulch is the Jerusalem the "Sand Bank" school with my other books) are Valley. This area was here had 17 students. A for sale at the Record office settled at about the same post office was established or by mail order through time as Horseshoe Bend, at Jerusalem in 1885, but it me. in the early 1860s during didn't last long. At railroad milepost the gold rush. For more Some of the first fruit 53.73, not far north of than a decade, the two trees in southern Idaho Horseshoe Bend, the tracks communities had about the were planted in the I took this picture from the train, looking east up the Jerusalem Valley, while on a Thunder Mountain Excursion ride. Jerusalem valley, and it became well known for its orchards. A farm boy found the first coal deposit discovered in Idaho Territory here along the Payette River in 1875. Investors soon established the "Centennial Coal Mine" to extract coal from the four to five-foot- wide vein. Another coal deposit was found about a mile down the river. By 1910, a man named Hi Henry was developing one of these mines, but the lack of a railroad was a major drawback. The Nampa Leader-Herald quoted Mr. Henry: "[The coal] is a very fine quality of cannel coal and we have a large deposit. There are nine ledges of coal on my ranch, each a mile long. The buildings have been completed and everything is ready for producing coal. I have a force of men at work pumping out the water in the mine. All three shifts are kept at work. I expect to have the pumping done inside of lO days." "The Horseshoe Bend coal is almost as hard as anthracite. No sulphur fumes are perceptible. It is especially adapted to the gold refining process and rebellious ores such as the sulphides, could be roasted with it. The vein we are working on runs now all the way from three to ten feet in thickness. We have 300 feet Of coal already opened. The supply is practically inexhaustible, as far as local conditions are concerned:' By the fall of 1911, construction of the railroad had begun north from Emmett. Henry had five men at work in what was referred to as "the Horseshoe Bend coal mines." The Leader-Herald said: "]. H. Loomis, assayer and chemist with much experience, says coal belt is two miles wide and eight miles long....as good as any in Wyoming...:' The people By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 at Horseshoe Bend and the construction camps along the Idaho Northern Railroad extension .are burning Henry's coal, it is said. The railroad was very interested in this coal, and speculated that the deposits would yield 34 carloads a day. In 1913 they "secured options on several thousand acres of coal land in the Jerusalem country:' They drilled a few test holes in the coal-bearing area said to be nine miles wide and fourteen miles long, but little or nothing was done to pursue excavation. Some amount of coal was mined for a number of years, and was used by some blacksmiths in the region, but the quality was not as high as initially claimed and failed to be a profitable enterprise. It was mostly lignite, which was poor for blacksmithing, and when burned for fuel it left excessive amounts of ash and unburned clinkers. In 1911, as construction of the railroad began north out of Emmett, two big steam shovels like this were brought in by rail. From the end of existing rail lines, these behemoths had to be dragged for miles up the planned route, using multiple teams of horses, to get them to where they would be put to use digging out cuts for the railroad grade. I Illinois Ave., Council New Hours Mon - Thurs llam - 8:30pm Fri - Sat llam - 9pm Sun 12pm - 8:00pm Specials! Sunday Special: 6oz Sirloin, baked potato, salad & roll $8.50 Saturday Buffet 5pm to 8pm JV00kY STH MEXICAN A400Y | 2TH CHINESE 1 9TH BASQUE 2 1 ST ITALIAN Since it's prom season, here's a picture from the 1949 Prom at Council High School, sent to me by Denzel Downing. The people are, in no order:, Miss Standish, Mr. Sweeney and Larry Veits. I don't know who the other two men. The sheet music on piano: "This is the Moment" as performed by Frank Sinatra. ObituaLy Aaron Barton Continued from page 3 tickling moments were the daughters, Emma and Addi best highlights of his life of Cambridge, sons Taylor and surely will remain with and Zack of Kuna; Parents, him forever. Dale and Sandi Barton of Aaron was a devoted Cambridge, Sister, Mindi husband, loving father, (Levi) Thomas of Nampa; son and brother. His Grandmother, Louise happiest moments were Barton of Cambridge; spent within the arms Father-in-Law, David of his family and always McKee of Cambridge, brought a smile to his face. Mother-in-Law, Traci To both his family and (Ed) Whitfield of Nampa; friends he always showed Brother-in-Laws, Trevan his devotion with a true McKee and Justin heart of gold and a hug for Whitfield of Nampa; everyone. Grandparents In-Law, Aaron is survived by Larry and Earlene Shelton his wife, Tori Barton and and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins and friends in numbers to large to count. He was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Fred Barton, Jr.; Grandmother Grace Gentry and Grandparents Bing Janes and Tiny Janes and his two best friends., Bob Wagner and Cecil Keller. A memorial service to celebrate Aaron's life will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 1:00 pm at the Cambridge High School Football Field.