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Page 8 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner The Legacy of John Brownlee By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 The community of Gardena formed - beside the Old state wagon road that was built up the Payette River in 1911. Around 1930 the old road was abandoned.and the current highway was rout- ed on the opposite side of the river. The 292-foot bridge here was built in 1919 at a cost of $18,555. Near Gardena, the old road can be seen on the hillsides across the river. The road stayed on the west side of the river all the way to Banks and is still visible 'along this stretch. From Banks, the road climbed up to Tripod Lakes and connected with the Sweet-Ola Road to Smiths Ferry. From near Smiths Ferry it followed an existing stagecoach road through Round Valley and Long Valley to McCall. Highway 55 crosses Brownlee Creek about half way between mileposts 69 and 70. There are two Brownlee Creeks in west central Idaho within 60 miles of each other, and both are named after the same man. John Brownlee established a ferry near the present day site of Brownlee Dam (yes, also named after him) on the Snake River just south of Hells Canyon, in 1862. It became a funnel for so many fortune-seekers headed for the Boise Basin during the .gold rush that the trail they used became known as the Brownlee Trail. In 1864 Brownlee left the Snake River ferry and went into business toward the other end of .the trail named after him. The ferry he established here was one of the first ferry licenses granted by the commissioners of what was then Boise County, Washington Territory. According to Nellie Ireton [iiiii!iii!ii i: Nute Draper. Age 76. Taken August 10, 1960. He died April 13, 1961 Mills, "The Brownlee trail followed down a long ridge and zigzagged sharply to the river's edge" near this As a follow up on the "Where is This?" picture a couple weeks ago, here is a shot of the Ace Saloon building about 1940. Jim & Laura Ward owned the Ace, with the Council Hotel upstairs, from 1938 to 1942. You can see the old school just to the right. DO YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME TYPE OF POLITICS THAT WE HAVE NOW? Then just do nollhing. If you're not satisfied with the status quo, and you prefer REAL transparency, ABSOLUTE ethics, TRUE representation of your opinions, and a CONSERVATIVE hard-working person who will do what's right -- even it it is the most difficult of paths ..... " THEN point:' Brownlee Creek was named after the trail and the ferry (and yes, the man). For the section over the mountains west of the Payette River, the Brownlee Trail followed an ancient Indian trail that passed near one of the few obsidian deposits in the Northwest used by natives to make arrowheads and tools. The obsidian is found on the north side of Timber Butte, about five miles northwest of here, and was carried and trad- ed for hundreds of miles in every direction. Through microscopic examination, Bernie and Art Sundh high-cutting a pine tree in the early 1940s. There were a few primitive chain- saws around by this time, but few smaller logging crews had one. experts can determine that obsidian artifacts came from known sites such as Timber Butte. There is an island just downstream from where Brownlee's ferry crossed. In pioneer days, two Frenchman, whose names have been lost to history,, lived in a cabin here. It became known as Frenchman's Island. Near railroad milepost 56.0 (Hwy milepost 70.3) there was a head-on colli- sion of two railroad motor- cars in the 1950s. Section foreman, Bob Bunn was on the northbound vehicle with his crew when anoth- er motorcar appeared, coming straight at them. Both motorcar crews bailed off, but Bunn stayed on his long enough to stop the car and throw it into reverse. The retreating car didn't get very far before the two collided. There was a loud BANG, and tools and dust flew every- where. Real Es ate Report by Gene Foster During the month of April according to the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service there were 5 properties sold in Adams County and Cambridge. The Council Mountain Cafe was sold to a local family and it will soon be open for business. Two homes in New Meadows were sold. One was a short sale. Two homes in Council were sold. One-was a REO and the other was an owner finance. There are 287 listings in the MLS. Of these, there are 22 Ranches, 22 Recreational Properties, 21 Single Family homes in town and 38 Homes out of town which are for sale There were 10 Building Permits issued in Adams County in April. This is economically encourag- ing. The number issued from Jan 1, 2012, to April 30, 2012, is three times the number issued during the same period in 2011. Your n P00ar000000cy! Transfer your Rx today! Kelly Ross, CPhT ACHC PHARMACY Inside Adams County Health Clinic zo5 N. Berkley, Council Idaho 208-253-4957 Where you are treated like family!