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

Moonshiner's Cabin

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
1. Moonshiner's Cabin Marker
Inscription.  The Carter mansion, located approximately three quarters of a mile up Kirkwood Creek was built by Clarence "Dick" Carter ca. 1921. In terms of Hells Canyon architecture, this unique five bedroom log structure is a mansion in its own right. Replete with a lathe and plaster interior, fancy moldings and picture boards, the Carter Mansion is one of the most interesting historic structures in the region. Obviously an accomplished architect and carpenter, Dick Carter was also something of a chemist. At this remote site on Kirkwood Creek Dick Carter was able to concoct an illegal but highly sought after substance known as moonshine. Reputed to be some of the best shine to ever hit the canyon bottoms, Carter's product was known far and wide.
Eventually Dick's notoriety led down the road to trouble. Prohibition had been in effect since 1920 and the Treasury Department became interested in Dick's operation. Clarence "Dick" Carter was arrested for failure to pay tax on a keg of whiskey and was sent to the state penitentiary in Boise. Carter returned to Kirkwood Creek, but remained only briefly. He eventually moved to Asotin, Washington, where he
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2019
2. Moonshiner's Cabin Marker
remained for the rest of his days.
The Carter Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
 
Erected by National Forest Service, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
 
Location. 45° 34.069′ N, 116° 29.849′ 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. The Jordan House (a few steps from this marker); Hanna Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Fork (within shouting distance of this marker); Sterling 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. 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
 
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By Fs.usda.gov
3. Carter Mansion
 

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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 33 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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