Avery in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The Big Blowup
“Why, all that you could see of a bridge was a wall of flame, but we crossed it. I hooked her up, threw her wide open, and the we lay down on the deck to protect ourselves from the heat.”
Train Engineer Johnnie Mackedon
A Gandy-Dancerís Grave?
Old time railroaders tell the story about one man who died when he panicked and leaped off another rescue train. The train continued on to tunnel 20 and the rest of the passengers survived.
After the fire passed over, the other passengers buried him next to the tracks. He is assumed to have been a railroad laborer known as a “gandy-dancer.” His death may be the only fatality from the 1910 fire in the Loop Creek drainage.
Location. 47° 20.848′ N, 115° 37.788′ W. Marker is in Click for map. Located along the Route of the Hiawatha Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Avery ID 83802, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 1910 Fires (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Olympian Hiawatha (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olympian Luxury (approx. ľ mile away); The Traveler (approx. 0.3 miles away); Little in Name Only (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mighty Quills (approx. half a mile away); Bridging the Gaps (approx. half a mile away); Johnsonís Big Cut (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Avery.
More about this marker. On the right is a photo with the caption, “We expected that every moment would be our last on earth.”
Also see . . .
1. Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. U.S. Forest Service History - The 1910 Fires. The Forest History Society (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 580 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.