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tbutler
02-28-2008, 01:27 PM
Would anybody be interested in getting together for an Idaho ghost town trip this summer? I missed out on the big Idaho rally last year and was thinking about putting something together for this summer, if there's any interest.

Paladin
02-28-2008, 07:14 PM
I would be. Where were you thinking? I'm sure I could convince the wife...

ghost_town_huntress
02-28-2008, 08:19 PM
I'd be more than happy to join you if I wasn't pregnant! I missed last year's Rally too (had to cancel at the last minute because of a funeral). I'm going to the Rally in Arizona this year which is next month, but by the time summer rolls around my belly will be way too round and will be way too hot for any outdoor activites (I'm due August 14). I'll be spending this summer parked right next to the air conditioner till the baby comes.

Rachel in Utah ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com
Would anybody be interested in getting together for an Idaho ghost town trip this summer? I missed out on the big Idaho rally last year and was thinking about putting something together for this summer, if there's any interest.

Teddy
02-28-2008, 11:21 PM
My wife, younger daughter, and I would be interested if our vacation times agree. Any idea what places, areas, dates? We live in North Idaho in Wallace about 50 miles east from Coeur D' Alene.

Paladin
02-29-2008, 04:55 AM
Hi Teddy- I know Wallace well, my wife grew up in Kellogg and Pinehurst. We miss the panhandle, although I think you had it pretty rough with the snow this year. My father-in-law live up Moon Gulch, and says he had quite a bit of snow this year...

tbutler
02-29-2008, 01:23 PM
Hey All,

I'm pretty open as far as locations, I'd really like to check out the the Challis/Salmon area but I'd be up for anything. I was thinking of making the trip in late June/July, how does that sound? What places would you all like to see & what dates would work best for you guys?

danbo
02-29-2008, 03:35 PM
I DOooo love the Yankee Fork!;) I'm in, if time and gas prices allow.

I'm also planning on camping in Yellow Pine/Yellow pine mine/Big creek
this summer. I have noticed that the weekend before the harmonica festival
that the salmon are spawning big time in the Yellow Pine Mine mill pond.
Something to see!! I was looking for "brookies" in the crick and was blown
away by the humongus salmon running all over the place.

Paladin
02-29-2008, 05:36 PM
Sounds good! I'm game as long as it's early enough in July or June. End of July I'll be gone on my 2nd tour in Iraq...

bad bob
02-29-2008, 06:35 PM
Have gun, will travel? :)

Paladin
02-29-2008, 07:07 PM
Actually, yes! I see you caught that! "Paladin" was the call sign given to me by my troops in Iraq. I was a Convoy Commander, and my specialty is as a Combat Arms specialist in the USAF Security Forces. So, one of my troops said:"Have gun, will travel! We'll call you Paladin."And it stuck...

Gravelrash
02-29-2008, 09:44 PM
I'd be more than happy to join you if I wasn't pregnant!


Hey Rachel, that's great!! Congratulations.

I don't want to be too presumptuous but, if things work out for me here....I'm definitely in.

bad bob
02-29-2008, 10:19 PM
Actually, yes! I see you caught that! "Paladin" was the call sign given to me by my troops in Iraq. I was a Convoy Commander, and my specialty is as a Combat Arms specialist in the USAF Security Forces. So, one of my troops said:"Have gun, will travel! We'll call you Paladin."And it stuck...




Speaking for myself, but including ALL members of a free world, I could never thank you enough for your role in the difficult struggle against terrorists in Iraq, Commander ....also sorry to see the passing of brave men like Brian and Jason.

Hope you and all the rest of the brave men and women in our military will stay safe in Iraq and Afganistan. Lotsa ghost towns remain to be seen.

bad bob
02-29-2008, 10:21 PM
Hey Rachel, that's great!! Congratulations.

I don't want to be too presumptuous but, if things work out for me here....I'm definitely in.



Always good to think positive Pete. :)

tbutler
03-01-2008, 02:19 PM
Speaking for myself, but including ALL members of a free world, I could never thank you enough for your role in the difficult struggle against terrorists in Iraq, Commander ....also sorry to see the passing of brave men like Brian and Jason.

Hope you and all the rest of the brave men and women in our military will stay safe in Iraq and Afganistan. Lotsa ghost towns remain to be seen.

I'll second that

Paladin
03-01-2008, 06:49 PM
Thank you very much for the sentiment! It truely means alot. Jason Norton and Brian McElroy were both husbands, fathers, and my friends. While on a convoy mission north of Taji, Iraq their humvee was struck by a large IED and both were lost, and their gunner wounded. I had the honor of carrying their caskets onto the plane that took them home. It was an honor I hope to never again have...-TSgt Steve Vermilya

DirtyDog
03-04-2008, 12:03 AM
Paladin, did you know that Mtn Home began life a few miles north of its present location? The original townsite is now a GT. Your local library's Idaho Room (reference only) should have maps and information showing you where it was.
Lester Moore is buried in Idaho City, not Tombstone!

Paladin
03-04-2008, 03:48 AM
Hi DirtyDog- Yes, in fact the original Mountain Home was called Rattlesnake Station. As far as I know, the only structure left standing is the Jackson School walls, and it's on private land. It's just off highway 20. Are there other remains I haven't seen yet? I can't wait 'til the snow melt so I can get up to some of the
GT's and mines in the mountains.

ghost_town_huntress
03-04-2008, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the Congrats, Pete! We're expecting the baby around August 14, so there's no way I'll be able to get out and do much ghost towning this summer, I'm going to be parked in front of the air conditioner!

Rachel in Utah ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

DirtyDog
03-04-2008, 12:14 PM
If you take the highway north past the Windjammer it'll take you to Fairfield, ID. In that vicinity are several ghost towns: Corral, Hill City, and Soldier. 12N,5W/MtnHome is GT of Thurman. About 5miNW of MH along the Oregon Short Line (OSLRR) is Sebree; 4NW of that is Cleft; 5NW is Sunnyside; 2NW is Orchard; 11-12NW is Kinney; 3-4mi NW is Owyhee; 10NW is Mora; 7NW is Kuna (NOT a GT); all along the OSL (now UPRR). About 9N,3E/ Orchard is GT of Mayfield. SE of MH along the OSL are GTs of: 4mi, Slade; 6mi, Reverse; 2mi, Chalk;6mi,Medbury; 3mi, Hammett(NOT a GT), 4mi,Dora. Most of these GTs are in Elmore County; from Orchard NW those are in Ada County. Have fun!

Paladin
03-04-2008, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the info, DirtyDog! I'll add those to my list of GT's to see in SW Idaho.

tbutler
05-19-2008, 08:59 AM
Anybody still interested in doing a trip? I've been busy with a new job & haven't had time to even think about this until now. I'll definitely be out & about over the summer but I think it would be great to get a bunch of folks together for an unofficial "Idaho rally". Even an overnight trip to Idaho City or Silver City would be fun, let me know what you guys think.

ghost_town_huntress
05-19-2008, 09:47 PM
Ask me again next year, I'm too busy being pregnant this year, I'd love to go up to Idaho and see all the towns that they went to at last year's Rally that I had to miss because of a funeral, but have to wait until next year.

Rachel in Utah ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

Paladin
05-20-2008, 05:47 PM
Anybody still interested in doing a trip? I've been busy with a new job & haven't had time to even think about this until now. I'll definitely be out & about over the summer but I think it would be great to get a bunch of folks together for an unofficial "Idaho rally". Even an overnight trip to Idaho City or Silver City would be fun, let me know what you guys think.

I am! In fact, my local chapter of the Idaho ATV Association is going to ride to Silver City on the 7th of June. We're going to ride along with them. Hopefully we can make it in. If your interested let me know and I'll get you the details!