Avery in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
You are standing on what was Falcon, Idaho, a lonely but important Milwaukee Road siding named for the raptors that nested in the area. Train passengers gave the place scant notice, but by 1915, a depot, a section house and several other buildings sprouted along the tracks. One section foreman ran a jewelry store out of his house with stock left over from his days as a merchant. A post office established at Falcon in 1911 persisted until 1933 when the Avery Post Office took over its duties.
“Ma” Van Antwerp and the Runawav Railcars
Cora “Ma” Van Antwerp, the first station agent at Falcon served here many years. A crusty, but respected lady, “a tough one” according to Milwaukee engineer and lifetime area resident, Harold Theriault. He recalled on anecdote about her.
A runaway car full of lumber sped by Falcon after escaping from a work site and derailed further down. She chewed out the Adair operator because he failed to notify her of the runaway in time for her to halt it at Falcon. She wanted to salvage the lumber for her own use. Shortly thereafter, the Adair operator called her to say that another runaway car had just sped by Adair, so Ma blockaded the track making it spill its cargo. The recently chastised operator didnít tell
Now she was really angry!
“Do you hear that?” he asked in a hushed voice. “Listen! Itís the wind from up around Adair blowing down the valley and through the tunnel. You can almost hear it here, particularly in the summer. Some say it sounds like a dying manís cry for help, a ghost from the big fire. Hard to say.”
Feeling the hair rise on my head, I held my breath and listened. I could hear it, a soft expressive wavering sound, a sighing sound as low and melancholy as a dirge sung by a monastery choir. It made me uncomfortable.
The Milwaukee Road Revisited
Stanley W. Johnson
Location. 47° 21.026′ N, 115° 40.68′ W. Marker is in Avery, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Moon Pass Road (Federal Road 456) 0.4 miles south of Loop Creek Road (Federal Road 326). 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "In the Hole" (a few steps from this marker); The Toughest Town (a few steps from this marker); World Class Workers (a few steps from this marker); Smooth as Silk (approx. 0.7 miles away); Manís Mark on the Land (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Changing Landscape (approx. 0.9 miles away); Water Does the Work! (approx. 0.9 miles away); Railroad at WAR! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Avery.
Also see . . . Route of the Hiawatha Rail Trail. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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