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Custer City (ghost town) in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Family Tragedy

Avalanche!

 
 
Family Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Family Tragedy Marker
Photo captions: (top, left to right) Annie, Olga and Josephine Johnson; Child's porcelain doll; Nels and Mary Johnson; (bottom) Town of Custer with the location circled in red.
Inscription. Snow slides were common during the winter months but none so tragic as on February 2, 1890. At 8pm the steam whistle on the Custer Mill shrieked the alarm, alerting the town of treacherous slides. One slide crashed down Bald Mountain and flooded the Nels Johnson home with snow, plucked it from the foundation, spun it around and sent it sailing across the Yankee Fork River.

Townspeople frantically searched for the ... Mary Johnson and their three young daughters ... pulled to safety, but Olga (age 10), Annie (age 6) and Josephine (age 4) were killed. Other snow slides ...Bonanza Cemetery so the girls were laid
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 44° 23.28′ N, 114° 41.797′ W. Marker is in Custer City (ghost town), Idaho, in Custer County. Marker is on Custer Motorway Adventure Road - Yankee Fork Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanley ID 83278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Custer School (within shouting distance of this marker); Mining Tools and Implements (within shouting distance of this marker); Cross Store & Post Office (site)
Family Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Family Tragedy Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Chilean Mill and Jig (within shouting distance of this marker); Empire Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Custer Jail (site) (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); McKenzie Residence (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer City (ghost town).
 
Categories. DisastersSettlements & Settlers
 
Graves of the Johnson Children image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
3. Graves of the Johnson Children
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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