Lemhi County

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Situated at the base of the Continental Divide and surrounded by the Lemhi and Salmon River Ranges, Lemhi County, Idaho, provides a fascinating look at the "Old West" as it makes its precarious transition to a new order. Traditional homeland to the people of Sacajawea, Lemhi County became a destination point for Lewis and Clark as they worked their way across the continent, for trappers, for missionaries, and finally, in 1866, for prospectors and those who kept them fed, clothed, and entertained. The community that developed in the valleys of the Salmon, Lemhi, and Pahsimeroi Rivers benefited from long-term mining and the simultaneous evolution of ranching and the timber industry, and this growth was well documented by local photographers.
ISBN: 9780738531267
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Idaho
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and historian Hope Benedict was born and raised in the Lemhi Valley, as were her parents and grandparents. Her love of the area's history and her sense of commitment to place brought her back after earning a Ph.D. in the history of the American West at the University of Oregon. Benedict now works as a historical consultant and serves as president and coordinator of the Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum, which has provided the images for this volume. Additional vintage photographs were obtained from private collections throughout Lemhi County.