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Salmon (Elk Bend) in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Idaho Hermits

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Idaho Hermits Marker
Inscription. Living for more than 60 years in hand-built "dugouts" across the Salmon River from this site, Richard "Dugout Dick" Zimmerman (1916-2010) came to symbolize the Idaho hermit.
With colorful names like Buckskin Bill and Hank the Hermit, these men (and a few women) eked out lonely existences, many along the Salmon River. Dugout Dick built multiple dugout caves during his time on the Salmon and eventually died here at age 94. By the 1980s, Dick's dugouts had become a local landmark, easily visible across the Salmon River. After Dicks death, the BLM reclaimed the dugouts, citing safety concerns. A cabin built by Dick remains on the site, which includes interpretive signs. The site can be accessed by crossing the one-lane bridge a short drive north of here by following the directional signage.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 507.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 54.264′ N, 113° 57.51′ W. Marker is in Salmon (Elk Bend), Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker is on U.S. 93 near Elk Horn Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salmon ID 83467, United States of America.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Idaho Hermits Marker

1. Dugout Dick Memorial - Atlas Obsura. In 1948, after more than a decade on the road and riding the rails, Richard Zimmerman got an idea. Working along the banks of Idaho’s Salmon River, fishing and doing some small-scale mining, he figured it was time to settle down. (Submitted on November 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Idaho's Dugout Dick is Fading Into History - Los Angeles Times. Time is catching up with Dugout Dick. The "Salmon River Caveman" is 86 and, in his words, "too laid up to do much." For most of his many years, Richard Zimmerman lived life alone and on his own terms. He rode freight trains with railroad tramps, herded sheep, dug for precious metals. (Submitted on November 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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"Dugout Dick's" Caves Before They Were Torn Down by the BLM image. Click for full size.
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3. "Dugout Dick's" Caves Before They Were Torn Down by the BLM
"Dugout Dick" image. Click for full size.
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4. "Dugout Dick"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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