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Page 10 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 There are two locations relatively flat grassland In the years before on the abundant camas near us called Round about 4 miles wide andsettlement, ranchers on roots. (The Shoshoni Valley. One is a few miles 5 miles long. A low ridge the lower Payette would were distraught to see north of New Meadows, separates it from the bring cattle here, and to one of their links to life on the west side of main partofLongValley,upper Long Valley, to ripped from the ground the Little Salmon and In the early days of pasture them during the and slobbered down the Highway 95, just before settlement, Round Valley summer. The first attempt throats of pigs.) That both drop down into the was sometimes called to settle in Round Valley winter, two thirds of canyon. "Lower Long Valley." was made by Henry Hawksley's pigs died, and The other Round The Northern Shoshoni Hawksley, who decided to he gave up the hog farm Valley is at the southern harvested camas here, raise hogs here in 1886. idea. end of Long Valley, not and the blue-flowered Hogs had previously been Eva and Peter Neeb far northeast of Smithsplant is still plentiful in driven here from various (pronounced n b) Ferry. It's. an area of the valley, locations to fatten them homesteaded, where Highway 55 now enters the granite of the Long Round Valley from the Valley area suddenly south, in 1900. They gives way to basalt. Both established a post office types of rock come from called "Fern" there in the same magma, but May 1902 and ran it until basalt resulted when 1913 when train service magma cooled quickly made Smiths Ferry a on the surface, and more practical place for granite formed when it. The Neebs also ran a it cooled more slowly stage stop. The hill the underground. The granite road followed between formation under Long Round Valley and the Valley is part of one of Payette River became the largest bodies of known as Neeb's Hill. granite in the world. Geology The abundance of hot Between 50 million springs in Long Valley and 100 million years indicates that magma still ago, movements of lurks just below a thin the earth's crust (plate blanket of the earth's tectonics) caused a crust. colossal surge of magma Long Valley is a classic to flow up and cover basin formed by glaciers. much of central Idaho. Before the end of the last The resulting geologic ice age ended, 10,000 formation is known as to 15,000 years ago, a the Idaho Batholith. The 900-foot-thick glacier southern part of the covered the present- batholith that underlies day location of Payette the Payette River Basin is Lake. Large rocks that called the Atlanta Lobe. the glaciers left lying In the mountains west around are easily noticed, of Long Valley, there is especially at the upper an abrupt line where end of the Long Valley. Andy Lay Ed & Louise Carter Remember these Council folks from the late 1960s or early 70s? These came from the Gene Camp collec- tion at the museum. In Adams County $40.00 per year Out of Adams County $45.00 per year Out of State $50.00 per year 108 inois Avenue, Council How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country ohere happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. --Pad Sweeney Continued from front page been hanging near the entrance was sun bathing in the parking lot. Patty said the Senior Center saw some damage to an outside water hydrant that will cost some money to repair. Both incidents were reported to the Sheriff's office. But first prize goes to the Thrifty Shoppe and the old Adams County Record building across from US Bank. A car coasted across the street and damaged the old Record office building late last year, and it had yet to be repaired when the latest insult occurred. (It still has a long way to go to meet the record of the Post Office, which has had vehicles bash into it at least seven times since it was built in 1968.) About 3:00 am Sunday morning, a vehicle cruised down the sidewalk in front of the two above-mentioned buildings, taking out every 4X4 post that was holding up the awning in front of the Thrifty Shoppe and one of the posts holding up the awning at the old office. The posts will be easily replaced, but the expensive new lightpost that was just installed as part of the downtown project a couple years ago was shattered. Upon arriving at the scene, sheriff's deputies found vehicle parts, with part numbers on them, lying on the ground. (Word around town is that one was a bumper.) By Googling those part numbers, they were able to identify the make and model of the guilty vehicle. Only in a small town would officers know, off the top of their heads, who has a vehicle of that model, and operating on a hunch, a deputy went to the home of a particular person and found a badly damaged vehicle. Charges are pending. The Sheriff's Department would not release further information.