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Near Mesa in Adams County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Mesa Orchards

 
 
Mesa Orchards Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, October 11, 2009
1. Mesa Orchards Marker
Inscription. For more than half a century, after 1910, an apple orchard of nearly 1400 acres, thought to be the largest in the United States under one management, covered this area.

Investors, mostly from the eastern U.S., bought 10-acre shares to finance the project. An eight mile wooden flume carried water for irrigation from the Middle Fork of the Weiser River, and in 1920, a unique gravity tramway was built to carry fruit 3 1/2 miles north to a rail siding. Production lasted until about 1960 when frozen crops and production problems led to its demise.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 374.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 36.589′ N, 116° 26.638′ W. Marker is near Mesa, Idaho, in Adams County. Marker is on U.S. 95 at milepost 128, 0 miles north of Mesa Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa ID 83643, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Railroads (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureNatural Resources
 
Mesa Orchards Marker Along Hwy 95 image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, October 11, 2009
2. Mesa Orchards Marker Along Hwy 95
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 1,422 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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