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Council in Adams County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Railroads

 
 
Old Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, October 11, 2009
1. Old Railroads Marker
Inscription.  An ambitious railroad project to a high Seven Devils copper mine (elevation 6800 ft.) created a lot of excitement here in 1898-1899.

This would have been Idaho's highest mountain railroad if funding had been available to complete it. Construction began near a canyon rim more than a vertical mile above Snake River. Although it never got anywhere, that grade still can be seen near Kinney Point. Remains of an old mining smelter at Landore also survive from that time.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 420.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 44° 43.737′ N, 116° 26.297′ W. Marker is in Council, Idaho, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 95 at milepost 136 and Illinois Avenue, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 95. Marker is located in a small park along Hwy 95 before the road turns east through Council.
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Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Council ID 83612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mesa Orchards (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Old Railroads Marker in Council image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, October 11, 2009
2. Old Railroads Marker in Council
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 1,319 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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