Riggins in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Quite a Time Before Riggins
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The Naming of Riggins
In 1901, Dick Riggins applied to the U.S. Government for an official post office for the community, but the name of Gouge-Eye was rejected because of its violent nature.
Other names, such as Irwin and Clay, were turned down as too common. Finally, the name Riggins was suggested and approved by all to honor Dick Riggins’ father, pioneer John Riggins.
Early Watering Holes
Swift Justice in Gouge Eye!
Ott’s Saloon. In 1898, Ed Ott, who had bought the lot just north of Salmon Street from John Silvers, moved a building on it and opened the second saloon in town. Soon after, Ott hired Bill Duncan to tend his bar. The story goes that Duncan became enamored with Ott’s wife, which resulted in a gunfight between the two men. Duncan killed Ott, in what was deemed to be a fair fight.
The Seven Devils. In 1890, John Silvers built the first saloon in Riggins on his property just north of Salmon Street. In 1897, the building was leased to George Curtis, who opened the first general store in town.
The original structure burned in 1930 and the site was purchased by John Chamberlain and Dick Tipton who built a garage complete with gas pumps. The garage burned in 1934. Chamberlain then built a new saloon, which is still in use today.
In 1947, Walt and Vera Schleicher purchased the business and named it the “Seven Devils.” The property has had several owners since, and has housed a variety of businesses, but continues to operate as the Seven Devils today.
Erected by City of Riggins.
Location. 45° 25.212′ N, 116° 18.96′ W. Marker is in Riggins, Idaho, in Idaho County. Marker is on Main Street near Salmon Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 318s Main Street, Riggins ID 83549, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. You've Got Mail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forest Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay's Swinging Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorable Homes (about 300 feet away); Riggins' Early Hotels (about 400 feet away); Early Businesses (about 600 feet away); Riggins in the 1940s (about 600 feet away); The Evolution of a River Terrace (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riggins.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.