Salmon (Elk Bend) in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
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′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salmon ID 83467, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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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 Brentwood, 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 Brentwood, California.)
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