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Page 8 The .History Corner A mile up the river from Smiths Ferry, the railroad goes through a remarkable tunnel. At only 37 feet long, Tunnel #5 is the shortest solid-rock railroad tunnel in North America. One version of the reason for this tunnel is that the builders figured a cut through the rock would continue to plague this section with rock slides for years to come. They decided it would be less expensive in the long run to blast out a tunnel. Just north of the tunnel, on the river side of the tracks, is an oblong rock that appears to be balanced precariously on one end on top of a pile of rocks. It is not as precarious as it looks, as two reckless teenage boys found out in the 1930s; both of them could not tip it over, even though they each had a pry bar. The tunnel and the balanced rock are both visible from the highway, just north of Smith's Ferry. Near Highway milepost 100 is the Rainbow Bridge. Originally called the North Fork Bridge, this 410-foot-long bridge was built in 1933 with what was, at the time, cutting Wednesday, July 18, 2012 The Adams County Record LandmarL:s Along the Payette River By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 edge technology. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the largest single-span concrete arch in Idaho. It features an open-spandrel design by Idaho engineer Charles A. Kyle. C.F. Dinsmore & Company, an Ogden construction firm with previous experience building bridges in Boise, started construction on the bridge on July 1, 1933 and finished it on November 1 of that year. An average crew of 53 men worked on it at any given time. The total cost was $74,000. Rainbow Bridge has probably been photographed more times than any other bridge in Idaho. In 1998, a couple was married on a train under the bridge. By the summer of 2006, the bridge had deteriorated. Parts of the concrete rails had fallen apart and the deck was uneven. That year a restoration project by the Idaho Transportation Department replaced the ornate rails and repaired the arch, piers, columns, and retaining walls. Xhe bridge was also made more resistant to damage from earthquakes. Tunnel #5 is the shortest solid-rock railroad tunnel in North America. Photo from Loren Thomas. The Rainbow Bridge when it was new. The balanced rock near tunnel #5. Photo by Stan Matthews 2012 4-H- Demonstration Contest Results The 4-H kids did super a good herd bull, and Wyley Hansen (96.5), score): Riley Stuart (98.3 (93), Emma Mahon well at the Record Book making cookies. The Hop{ ZoHman (92), Riley Champion), Chelsie Testa (92.3), Larry Leaton (90.6), demonstration contest kids learned a lot and Zollnan (92), Gracie (97 Reserve Champion), Sydney Nichols (89.3), held on July 9,2012. did a great job at public Stevart (93), and Wyatt Miles Stanford (96.6), Ashley Armistead (87.3 & Demonstrations covered speaking! Vining (90). Chelsie Testa (96.3), 87). many subjects, from Cloverbud participants All of the Junior Emma Stuart (95.6), Alden Intermediate (with clipping dog's toenails, to were (with judges score): participants won blue Fisher (95.3), Tyler Leaton judges score): Courtney saddling a horse, judging Mataya Shumway (98), ribbons (with judges (93.6), Kylie Shumway Stanford (98.6 Champion), Hannah Pearce (94 Reserve Champion) Seniors (with judges score): Brittany Armistead (91.3 Champion) and Taylor Mae Slettum (90.3 Reserve Champion) Downtown New Head0ws, lust west of intersection Hwy 55 & Hwy 95 Like New 3,000 sq ft Commercial Hulti-use, Hulti-tenant building on .27 acre lot 5 separate oces, common area with 2 bathrooms (one with shower) Parking area on roadside and behind building, HLS#98499164 Go to for complete details & terms C3WN I_J IZITI [223 N I.-.l*v I ! t. l.rrv h,_ |alt "cORI I bow,,, R00,cy LLC- Larry D I00ealr00r I 208-941-10751208-467 1712 I