STANLEY, IDAHO SAWTOOTH MTS, SALMON RIVER:
Stanley, Idaho sits in the bend of the Salmon River in the White Cloud Mountain Range. Castle Peak at 11,815 feet is the highest peak. Stanley is a funky western town but promises excellent salmon fishing. Steve and grandson Austin fished on the Salmon River from Lower Stanley to Mormon’s Bend but were not able to fulfill their promise of fresh caught trout and salmon dinners.
Sawtooth Wilderness is about 20 miles west of the White Clouds and off in the distance from Stanley Idaho. Jagged peaks, crags, razorback ridges and hard scape pinnacles, define the Sawtooth Range.
There are 57 peaks with an elevation over 10,000 feet in the Sawtooth Range, all falling between 10,000 to 10,751 feet with Thompson Peak as the highest point in the range. Another 77 peaks fall between 9,000 and 10,000 feet.
YANKEE FORK GOLD DREDGE:
The Yankee Fork Gold Dredge is located in the central mountains of Idaho on the Yankee Fork tributary of the Salmon River. The Yankee Fork is close to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. The nearest town, Stanley, is 22 miles from the dredge.
The dredge is 988 tons, 112 feet long x 54 feet wide x 64 feet high and has a draft of 8 feet. It has seventy-one (71) 8 cubic foot buckets; each one weighs a little over a ton. The dredge is powered by two (2) Ingersoll-Rand diesel engines each producing 350 HP at that elevation. The dredge ran from 1940 to 1952.
BONANZA CITY GHOST TOWN: By 1903, the glory days of mining were slipping away as the mines played out one by one. Business slumped and by 1910 Bonanza and Custer had become a ghost towns.
CRATERS OF THE MOON: We drove past the Craters of the Moon National Monument. It is a sea of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. These preserved lava fields appear out of nowhere and look odd in the middle of Idaho.
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