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The Adams County Record Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Page 9 The History Corner Stan Matthews has been a great source of information and stories for both of the railroad books I've worked on. He spent years on both the P&IN and the Idaho Northern lines. He told me the following story' for the Idaho Northern book. The escapade started about railroad milepost 59.5 (Hwy milepost 73.5) north of Horseshoe Bend, in 1948. Stan was just 17 years old, and had just started working for Union Pacific at Smiths Ferry. The section foreman there had just been fired, and Bob Bunn was the new foreman. One day Bob, Stan and another teenage employee took a motorcar down to Banks to do some work. The lineup issued for that day showed no other traffic was scheduled on that part of the line so they expected an uneventful trip as they headed back to Smiths Ferry. About half way between mileposts 59 and 60, one of the crew looked back and his heart about jurfiped out of his chest when he saw the massive front end of a locomotive right Lead Zone Mm Com DAIL TIE CARD Olml"R IBUr ION y, oun ANOUr | , a A time card from the Lead Zone Mine. Delvin Watkins sent this to me. behind them. ]he foreman panicked and immediately jumped off the motorcar. The boys figured if the boss thought it was wise to abandon ship that they had better follow him, so they jumped off too. The locomotive turned out to be a light helper engine pulling no cars, and they felt pretty sheepish when it stopped to pick them up. At that point the motorcar was still chugging along up the track. And since it had lost the weight of its passengers, it had picked up speed, q-he idea of his empty motorcar speeding through Smiths Ferry and points beyond had no appeal to the foreman. There was nothing left to do but try to catch up with it. Bob Bunn got out on the cowcatcher with a clinker hooka six or eight foot long tool used to remove coal clinkers from the firebox--to hook onto the motorcar. Each time the engine was about to catch up to the motorcar, they would come to a curve and the engine would have to slow down. The little motorcar just kept going at the same speed. On the straight stretches, the engineer poured on the steam and they would catch up; then another curve would slow them down. After a chase of about a mile and a half, on the straight stretch near milepost 61, the engine finally got close enough for Bob to hook the motorcar and secure it to the engine well enough that he could climb out and 202 Albany 208-466-3164 2503 2nd Ave. South k Wild Chase. ByDale Fih  253-4582 jump onto it--a dangerous maneuver at any speed. The teenagers thought it was just about the most fun they had ever had. Both- vehicles stopped long enough to put the crew back on the motorcar, and the little convoy finished the trip to Smiths Ferry. Foreman Bunn threatened the boys with dire consequences if they ever told anybody about the incident, and as far as Stan knows, railroad officials never found out about it. The Lead Zone Mine in 1991, from below the tailings pile. My information The Museum is opening seems to indicate that this was also known as the Edna May Mine. Anybody this weekend. Come on by know? and bring the whole family. can spare just a little established by triangulating plane table was in use until through in 1907, with the time to keep the museum from mountaintop to aerial photography made it first 30 minute quadrangle open this summer, please mountaintop. The rock obsolete for large scale work map published in 1911. contact Jim Camp at 253- cairns were targets to sight in the 30's, but I've talked Mountainous' country like 4549. from adjoining mountains, with private surveyors who the Devils would have come I have heard from a At some point (1950's?) were still using plane tables later. The oldest USGS topo couple of people about the they started setting the for small topo jobs into the I could find on-line of the surveying device shown in brass monuments with the 70's. Devils is dated 1957. the Seven Devils photos, elevation stamped on them. These maps eventually The government funded Here. is a very interesting The US Coast and became the US Geological a lot of mapping as works email I got from Dave Geodetic Survey (later Survey 7 minute topo projects in the 30's, and Herald. the National Geodetic maps. hat may be when they field Hi Dale, Survey) used this process Around Council, the mapped the Devils, but I'm Enjoying the "new" along with conventional General Land Office just speculating. The Nez Record. Please keep it up. surveying levels to map performed the basic surveys Perce or Payette Forests The surveying instrument the United States, starting of our townships in. about may have more information shown on Page 8 is a in the early 1800's. The 1885. The USC&GS came on thosesurveys. Plane Table. The flat table on the tripod held a sheet of paper or vellum and a compass with a straight edge and telescope was used to sight objects, and lines plotted on the paper showed the bearing to the target. The whole works was then moved to another known control point and the same targets sighted again. The intersections of the drawn lines would show the location of the objects sighted, thus drawing the initial map m the field. The Lead Zone Mine on the western slope of Cuddy Mountain, year The control points were unknown, maybe 1940s? This is an old newspaper photo, so it's not the best quality. I MANCHESTER ICE AND EVENT CENTRE PRESENTS BATT THE LAKE I N A U G U R A L  GOLDEN GLOVES STYLE AMATEUR BOXING MCCALL BOXIN00 CLASSIC SATURDAY MAY 26th ooTo:000000PM RINGSIDE ONLY $18 FLOOR SEATS s15 Tickets auallable in aduance at the Ice rink and at Paul's market Call 208-634-3570 x201 for more Info BLEACHER SEATING ADULT $10 YOUTH SEATS s6 UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE FREE