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Take A Historic Trip in Owyhee County

June 27, 2014

The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho



June 27--THREE CREEK -- The Owyhee County Historical Society is holding a field trip following the old mail stage route from the Three Creek Store to Jarbidge, Nev. The free trip will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the old Three Creek Store 35 miles west of Rogerson.

The journey will be led by Gus Brackett, local Three Creek historian and author of two historical fiction novels for children. The tour will follow the route of his most recent novel, "Badger Thurston and the Runaway Stagecoach." Brackett will discuss not only the old buildings, but also many of the colorful people who lived at these historic sites.

The route is 30 miles, and the last 18 miles will on a gravel road. The last services will be in Rogerson, so come prepared. Bring your own water and sunscreen. The tour begins at 5,500 feet elevation and climbs to 7,000, so mountain appropriate attire is recommended.

For more information or questions, call Gus Brackett at 208-308-4962 or email at gusbrackett@rtci.net.

Stops include:

--The Three Creek Store. It was built in 1901 and served as the area's community center for more than six decades.

--The Hodge Place. This 1870s edifice is the oldest standing structure in the Three Creek area and was the original stage stop from Bruneau to Three Creek.

--Murphy's Hot Spring. This was the summer headquarters for Kitty Wilkins, horse queen of Idaho, and the legendary Wilkins Horse Ranch.

--Crippen Grade. This hidden trail is where the last mail coach was robbed in the U.S. on Dec. 5, 1916. The grade will be viewed from the bottom of the canyon, and a hike is optional.

--Jarbidge, Nev. Lunch on your own, at the Outdoor Inn or picnic in Pioneer Park. The event ends with a walking tour of old Jarbidge, where you'll see remnants of the last gold rush in the lower 48 states. The town includes the Jarbidge Commercial Club, the Jarbidge Jail, remnants of the Elkoro Mine and several old cabins and shacks. Children's activities will be held in Pioneer Park.

--Pavlak and the Bluster Mine are optional. Those with an ATV can ride from Jarbidge to the small settlement of Pavlak and climb to the Bluster Mine. This ride will be led by Stan Mai, president of the Magic Valley ATV Riders Association. This scenic ride climbs high above Jarbidge Canyon and ends at the edge of the Jarbidge Wilderness.

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