Near Smiths Ferry in Valley County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
In 1903, $100,000 was spent to dynamite open a clear channel in the river. Splash Dams were built to store logs. During the winter of 1903-04, logs were held in a 36-acre pond. In April, the logs were blasted loose when the main dam was opened. Less then half of the logs made it to the mills and four men lost their lives during the log drive. Later, the dams were utilized to float railroad ties. Timber interests were instrumental in the founding of Smiths Ferry and Long Valley.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 496.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 44° 16.876′ N, 116° 4.749′ W. Marker is near Smiths Ferry, Idaho, in Valley County. Marker is on State Highway 55 at milepost 95, 3.3 miles south of Smiths Ferry Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cascade ID 83611, United States of America.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Natural Resources • Waterways & Vessels •
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 1,051 times since then and 17 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.