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Saint Maries in Benewah County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Splash Dam at Hobo Creek

 
 
Splash Dam at Hobo Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2013
1. Splash Dam at Hobo Creek Marker
Inscription. Loggers used the splash dam system in the Marble Creek basin between 1915 and 1931. In 1923, Rutledge Lumber Company spent $16,352.25 building the dam depicted in this mural. Splash dams stored enough water to “flush” logs down small streams to rivers. Then they were floated downstream to mills.

Early day logger Charles Gregory remembered:
“When they pulled those gates and let those logs commence to go down through the gates, the water would rise up ten to twenty feet high.
You had to get out of the way. Iíve been in the creek and seen them start to wind open the gate. By the time I could get the team out of the creek, the water would be so deep Iíd have to grab a horseís tail to get out. The current was very strong. There was no way a man could ride logs down.”


Hobo Historical Trail
A steam donkey like the one in this park pulled the logs down to the splash dam. The actual remains of this splash dam, the logging camp and a steam donkey can be seen at the Hobo Historical Trail in Marble Creek. A 1 ½ mile loop hiking trail with signs and photos takes you to the site. Contact the St. Joe Ranger District 245-2531 for more information.
 
Location. 47° 19.102′ N, 116° 
Splash Dam at Hobo Creek Marker (<i>wide view with mural behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 26, 2013
2. Splash Dam at Hobo Creek Marker (wide view with mural behind marker)
35.19′ W. Marker is in Saint Maries, Idaho, in Benewah County. Marker is at the intersection of North 23rd Street (State Highway 5) and North 23rd Street, on the right when traveling west on North 23rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Mullan Trail Park. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Maries ID 83861, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willamette Steam Donkey Engine (here, next to this marker); Mullan Trail Road (within shouting distance of this marker); John Mullan (within shouting distance of this marker); Heyburn State Park (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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