Near Stanley in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Construction of the dam and power plant began in June, 1909, and was completed in May, 1910.
The mill and mine operated almost a year on the electricity from his dam but the low cost of electric power couldn't compensate for the low value of the mine's ore. The Sunbeam property was sold at a sheriff's auction in April, 1911. Caretakers remained but the power plant was never used again.
The dam's fish ladder eventually fell into disrepair. Idaho Fish and game then contracted the blasting of the bank next to the dam to allow fish passage in 1934.
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
Location. 44° 16.248′ N, 114° 44.13′ W. Marker is near Stanley, Idaho, in Custer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Highway 75 and Yankee Fork Road, on the left 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Recreation (a few steps from this marker); In the Early Days (within Sunbeam Bathhouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Of Cabins and Chicken Ranches (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Boiling Fountain (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building the Dredge (approx. 2½ miles away); Remnants of the Past (approx. 5 miles away); Bonanza City (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanley.
Also see . . . The Most Interesting Fish in the World -- Lonesome Larry. The mystery surrounding Sunbeam’s partial demolition has been perpetuated in modern myth and legend. In his book “Politics Western Style,” former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus spun such a yarn. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.