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    Talking Boise Basin region

    Hello, I am a newbie that is fairly new in ghost town hunting. I live in southern Idaho and try to visit the Boise Basin area when I can. Actually, north of Boise Basin I am interested in a town called Roosevelt. It was dammed up back in the late 1800's (I think) and left the town under water. Apparantly you can still see the foundations of the town at the edge of the lake.
    Also, Bonanza and Custer is fascinating to visit. I was not impressed so much with Silver City. I thought the buildings were interesting but you could not get close to a lot of them because they are summer houses now. I have still yet to reach Atlanta or Rocky Bar, ID but have heard they are interesting towns to visit.
    I love talking about ghost towns and history and look forward to talking to everyone. I am with a volunteer group trying to preserve a stage station on the Oregon Trail and I have always loved history. OK, time to quit boring everyone :-) Have a pleasant evening.

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    Howdy, I think your in a great location to start alot of ghost town trips from. Silver City can be a little rough around the edges at times but there is a fair amount to explore in the vicinity. There are four cemeteries that I know of, Ruby City being one. Check out the trails up and around War Eagle Mountain. I picked up a good spiral bound guide of that area, "War Eagle Mountain Field Trip" by the "Stathams" at the shop across from the Hotel. Bonanza and Custer are interesting as well as Rocky Bar and Atlanta. I didn't get a good look at Atlanta when I passed through as it was twilight and there are folks living there. Rocky Bar is a ghost. Good luck with the stage station preservation!
    oregon4wd

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    Silver City has an annual open house every September the weekend after Labor Day in which you can tour a lot of those summer houses. Call tourism in Murphy about it. I also have the number for the Idaho Hotel in Silver City that you could call about it, but I'd have to get back to you on that one, I've got to dig it up.

    Rachel ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

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    Rachel is correct on the open house. Monies from that fund the pay for the winter watchman over the town. I first traveled to Silver City in 1954 as a child with my uncle. I'm interested in Oregon 4wd's mention of the book by the Statham's and I'm curious of which ones. I'm sure it is a good book as the family has been in the area for a long time. I went to college with Bill and his wife Dawn and knew his parents Rusty and Wilma well. The family home is red, up the hill from the drug storein Silver City. I'm in Caldwell if you are interested in getting together. Was planning to go to the spring rally until that got canceled, planning on the fall rally at Spruce Mountain..

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    Thanks for the Silver city info! I thought the area was breathtaking no doubt and you can almost feel the history of the area. I am also interested in that book as well. dvsww2, perhaps we can get together sometime. I will get back to you on that. I am about to be in the process of moving so the next month is going to be crazy. Well, work comes early so I need to go. Take care all!

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    Post Boise Basin region

    Hi All,

    On the cover of the "War Eagle Mountain Field Trip" it said it was Prepared by Wilma Lewis Statham with H.R. 'Rusty' Statham and William P. Statham. It was put out by the Owyhee County Historical Society. Written in 1998 and revised in 2003. Not a large publication at 37 pages (8/12 x 11) but a good amount of info. Nice fold-out map with identification key so you can tell what your looking at. Old pictures, etc.

    I was thinking also, if you're ever bored around Boise, check out this museum. Admission was free last year. Not a huge place, but I'm glad I stopped in.

    Idaho Historical Museum
    610 North Julia Davis Drive
    Boise, Idaho83702-7695
    oregon4wd

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    Thanks for the info on the book, I'll have to look for it. Wilma Statham was born in Silver City and her father was the Judge for many years. She unfortuantely passed away a few years back, but was a neat lady. She worked tirelessly for the preservation of Silver City and worked with the Congressional Staff for the home owners to get title to the land under the houses.and buildings. Also if you are in Boise, you need to check out the Idaho Historical Society's displays at the Old State Pen. If you are into firearms, you need to check out the J Curtis Earl exhibit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oregon4wd
    Hi All,

    On the cover of the "War Eagle Mountain Field Trip" it said it was Prepared by Wilma Lewis Statham with H.R. 'Rusty' Statham and William P. Statham. It was put out by the Owyhee County Historical Society. Written in 1998 and revised in 2003. Not a large publication at 37 pages (8/12 x 11) but a good amount of info. Nice fold-out map with identification key so you can tell what your looking at. Old pictures, etc.

    I was thinking also, if you're ever bored around Boise, check out this museum. Admission was free last year. Not a huge place, but I'm glad I stopped in.

    Idaho Historical Museum
    610 North Julia Davis Drive
    Boise, Idaho83702-7695
    Thanks for the info! I will definitely have to find that book. I have heard of that museum but have not visited it. I have found quite a bit of useful info on here. I have been visiting the ghosttown.com site for a couple of years now but have just recently joined the forums. It is good to know people still love the history of their area whether it be Idaho, Arizona or wherever.

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    Post Boise Basin region

    I'm sure there's more where that book came from. Also look for Southern Idaho Ghost towns by Wayne Sparling plus Ghost towns of the Northwest by Norman Weis, both by Caxton Printers in Caldwell. Don't forget Nevada either as it has a huge amount of ghost towns and mining sites. You might be able to visit quite a few sites in the northern part of the state over a weekend. Look for Stan Pahers- Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps. It's a large book and a great overview of, I believe 600+ sites. I've been visiting the ghosttowns.com site also for several years and just joined the forum recently. My introduction, for all it's worth is on one of the other threads.
    oregon4wd

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    I bought and read Southern Idaho Ghost Towns and was a good source for several trips I made last year. I also purchased "Idaho for the Curious" which include historical interests and just oddball things to see as you make your way across Idaho roads.

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