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On June 30, 1907, Robert McCollum, Jerome Kuhn, and two other men rode in a horse-drawn wagon up the Blue Lakes Grade from Ira B. Perrine's Snake River Canyon ranch. Looking for the ideal spot to form a new town, they traveled 10 miles northwest through the sagebrush desert of Southern Idaho. By nightfall, they stopped to camp. The next morning, they awoke to a beautiful mountain vista and decided they had found the perfect spot for a town. Their campsite became the crossroads of West to East Main Streets and North to South Lincoln Streets—the exact center of Jerome, Idaho. From that humble beginning, Jerome has grown to 10,000 people with many sustained businesses and enterprises begun by new pioneers.
ISBN: 9780738595184
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Idaho
Series: Images of America
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Linda Helms's family has lived in Jerome County since 1909. In the 1950s, she became interested in local history, especially how it pertained to her family. Helms has been a member of the Jerome County Historical Society for more than 20 years, serving on the board of directors, being the assistant museum curator, chairing the annual Live History Days Event, volunteering at the museum, and writing the monthly newsletter. Many of her historical articles have also been published in the two local newspapers, North Side News and the Times News, and in IDAHO magazine.
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