“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Culdesac in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)


Culdesac Marker support image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Culdesac Marker support
The marker is currently missing.
Inscription. In 1863 this area was a “Shebeen” (outlaw headquarters) and murder and robbery of travelers were common place. This valley was on the main and original Nez Perce Trail leading into Montana through Elk City. Homesteaders moved into the fertile valley and by 1900 two towns were growing. One called Culdesac located at the end of the railroad terminal and the other at the east end of the valley called Mellen. The citizens of both towns applied for a post office under the one name of Cul-de-sac. The post office was granted, but the department suggested the people adopt the name Magnolia. This stood until through a citizens petition the post office was renamed Culdesac. In 1903 the towns consolidated and adopted the name Culdesac. With a population of 400 the town grew rapidly, boasting all of the businesses of a larger town. A number of fires over the years burned out complete town blocks and greatly damaged growth. However, a school, businesses and homes have been re-built, and farming is now the chief industry.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
Location. 46° 22.446′ N, 116° 40.218′ W. Marker is in Culdesac, Idaho, in Nez Perce County. Marker is on Main Street near Watson Street
Culdesac Marker, copied from a book on Culdesac's city history. image. Click for full size.
By Kathleen Palmer
2. Culdesac Marker, copied from a book on Culdesac's city history.
, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 714 Highway Access 2, Culdesac ID 83524, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Joseph's Mission (approx. 2.6 miles away); Railroad Tunnels (approx. 4˝ miles away); Craig Donation Claim (approx. 4.9 miles away); William Craig (approx. 4.9 miles away); Lapwai Mission (approx. 7 miles away); Spalding’s Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.6 miles away); Watson's Store (approx. 8.6 miles away); Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding (approx. 8.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is currently missing; probably it is being repaired. The marker is located in the 'park' opposite the City Library.
Also see . . .  Culdesac, Idaho -- Nez Perce County Historical Society. Charles S. Mellon, president of the Northern Pacific RR, gave the name Cul-de-sac to the small community. He was supposedly traveling the proposed route and remarked that this is indeed a cul-de-sac, a French term which can be roughly translated “blind alley,” “the bottom of the bag,” or a place with only one outlet.” (Submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Culdesac, circa 1903 image. Click for full size.
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3. Culdesac, circa 1903
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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