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Posted by idahoblue in Idaho
Wed Jun 02nd 2010, 11:20 PM
Good article.
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/06/01/1...

Take time to read the comments. "rancher" is an entertaining dittohead.



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Posted by idahoblue in Idaho
Fri Nov 27th 2009, 10:59 PM
I live in Hailey, just a short walk down the bike trail to the cemetery. It is a curiosity that there are large areas in the old cemetery that have no grave markers. Those that are there are not in line, they seem to be scattered about. I have read that in the early days, a nice place was chosen for a grave without concern for layout, it was just a plot of land that started out as a traditional burying place to become official later on.

Last year, the cemetery board had a ground-penetrating radar survey of the cemetery done. It turned up hundreds of unmarked graves, particularly in a one-acre area at the south end referred to on plat maps as the "Chinese Cemetery. The wood-and-paper markers that once marked Chinese graves in the cemetery were destroyed in a brush fire in the 1930s. Most likely the grave markers of transient miners and poor people were also wood. The survey results also showed apparent burials under asphalt roadways and in an old canal that once ran diagonally across the cemetery but was filled in long ago. Several unmarked graves showed up in the "Masons Cemetery". One high-amplitude reading came from the northeast corner, an area thought to be empty of graves.

In the early days Hailey residents simply picked a nice spot under the cottonwood trees that grew on the site to bury their loved ones. Those graves were not organized in any way but were placed randomly. I was walking around looking for fall, 1918 gravestones and surprisingly, found none. But it was interesting to note that there could be a line of a few headstones then the next one would be turned 180 degrees the other way. I could not just walk up and down the lines of grave markers.

Another fire that later swept portions of the town destroyed burial records associated with the site. I cannot imagine why they did not try to immediately try to reconstruct the lost records. Maybe by then, no one knew who any of those in the unmarked graves were still around. Miners tended to be single men and transient without any strong local ties. The Chinese were gone by 1900 so they would have no one here to reconstruct their history.

This is an area of hard rock mining, not the type of work the Chinese wanted to do. They were cooks, gardeners,ran laundries, cut firewood, etc. They were present in the Wood River Valley from the 1870's and were pretty much gone by the early 1890's. The population in Hailey was probably never more than 200. It doesn't seem like there would be that many Chinese graves here.

Hailey is not a "mining camp". It is a town in the Wood River Valley and was on the Oregon Short Line Railroad spur to Ketchum (now a bike/ski trail). It is the county seat of Blaine County, the only Democratic county in Idaho. The history started as mining (silver, lead,antinomy, zinc), then sheep ( in 1918, only Syndey, Australia had more sheep) and now tourism. The best skiing and mountain biking anywhere, as well as art and culture. We are 12 miles south of Sun Valley, 20 miles from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 150 miles east of Boise. Cut off the panhandle (including Hope) and we are in the middle of what's left.

I have no idea how Hope, ID got in this discussion. Your can't even get there from here. Anyone heard of Google Maps or Mapquest? How did this bit of news pop up all of a sudden on DU? I find it interesting but why would anyone else care? There will be more to the story as they continue to research the graves revealed by the radar survey. I will post again if there is anything interesting.

http://www.visitsunvalley.com/static/index...

http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=200...
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Posted by idahoblue in Idaho
Wed Sep 30th 2009, 10:03 PM
I have just signed up on Facebook as a friend of Mike Crapo. Not really a friend, but it is a dandy way to communicate with him and other "friends". Great fun to respond to the comments and posts.

Here are the links to their home pages with contact links:

Rep. Mike Simpson: http://simpson.house.gov /

Rep. Walt Minnick: http://minnick.house.gov / (no Facebook, just Twitter)

Sen. Mike Crapo: http://crapo.senate.gov /

Sen. Jim Risch: http://risch.senate.gov/public / No Facebook or Twitter. But we can email. It is just more fun to go public.
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Posted by idahoblue in Political Videos
Sat Sep 05th 2009, 10:50 PM

 

She didn't really read or teaching plan. She is just a pawn of the repugs. It is here:
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts...
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