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Near White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Jordan House

 
 
The Jordan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
1. The Jordan House Marker
Inscription.  In 1932, Len Jordan brought his young family to Kirkwood. He and his partner, Dick Maxwell, purchased the ranch from Leonard and Kenneth Johnson. They hoped to live cheaply off the land and ride out of the Great Depression of the 1930's in Hells Canyon. Maxwell sold his share to Jordan five years later, leaving Jordan the sole owner of the ranch.
When this house was built by the Johnsons, around 1930, it was much smaller than it is today. To accommodate his growing family, Jordan added the sleeping porch and, with the help of Peter Maas, a miner, excavated the root cellar and basement. The most luxurious and innovative addition was the first combination bathtub and basin in Hells Canyon. Concrete was poured into a sheet metal form and a mixing bowl full of sand shaped the basin.
In 1943, Jordan felt the need to move his family to Grangeville, where his children could receive a more formal education than was available in the canyon. He sold out to Bud Wilson, who used Kirkwood as a fall, winter and spring base for his sheep ranch until 1975 when the Hells-Canyon National Recreation Area was established. Today, the Jordan House serves
The Jordan House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
2. The Jordan House Marker
as a residence for Forest Service staff and volunteers at the Kirkwood Ranch.
 
Erected by National Forest Service, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
 
Location. 45° 34.066′ N, 116° 29.863′ W. Marker is near White Bird, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 420. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Bird ID 83554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jackson Fork (a few steps from this marker); Moonshiner's Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Sterling Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Hanna Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Hydraulic Mining (approx. 9 miles away); Fabulous Florence (approx. 9 miles away); Entrepreneur J.J. Goff (approx. 13.3 miles away); The Scow (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Bird.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Kirkwood Historic Ranch in Hells-Canyon National Recreation Area. There appears to be road access to the ranch, but you will need Forest Service maps to use them. The best access is by a scenic river cruise.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Jordan House bathtub and sink image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
3. Jordan House bathtub and sink
Jordan House basin image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
4. Jordan House basin
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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