A Sampling of Gem County Photos
 - much, much more at the museum

Around the County

Walking Tour of Downtown
photos of Main Street signs, Thanks Madonna Colburn for sharing!
alley signs, Thanks Madonna Colburn for sharing!
Burdge Grist Stones in City Park
Emmett, 1909
1910, Emmett Fruit display at State Fair (from waterarchives.org)
1911. A.M. Whelchel Studio. Emmett. Harold, son of A.M. Whelchel, holding camera. Also shows film, tables, chemicals, etc. Cities & Towns Collection, Digital Initiatives, University of Idaho Library
1911, Coonrod's Fair Exhibit (from waterarchives.org)
1913 Emmett Peach Orchard postcard, courtesy Art Beal - back
1915, Emmett Strawberry Field (from waterarchives.org)
1915. Electric Studio. Emmett, Interior showing camera and background props. Arthur M. and Frank W. Welchel, proprietors. Idaho Cities & Towns Collection, Digital Initiatives, University of Idaho Library
1920, View from Freezeout (from waterarchives.org)
1923-BlackCanyon Dam (from waterarchives.org) - see also Black Canyon history - see also CCC crew at Black Canyon Dam (Bureau of Reclamation)
Black Canyon Canal construction, c. 1930 (from waterarchives.org)
1933, Third Fork CCC Camp, courtesy of Art Beal - Thank you for sharing!
Gem County Courthouse, Construction completed, July 29, 1939. Cost, $70,000. Architect, Frank Hummel. story
1930's, Emmett Valley (from waterarchives.org)
1940 Emmett Orchard (from waterarchives.org)
1941 Emmett Cherry Orchards (from Library of Congress)
1941 Emmett Cherry Orchards and Farm Land (color) (from Library of Congress)
1941 Freezeout, Road Cut (from Library of Congress)
1940's, City Park: "In April of 1934, the American Legion Auxiliary conceived the idea to build a civic auditorium with public restrooms. Planning and construction took nearly a year to complete. Money was raised through community fundraisers. The Civic Auditorium later became the Emmett City Park Bandshell. . .In the summer of 1935, the bandshell was first used to crown the Queen of the Cherry Festival."
1950's, Freezeout Hill postcard
"Looking West Down Main Street, 1922" (museum's "big art" sign)
Goodale Grade
Pearl 1902 (last buildings razed in the spring of 2004 - a poignant reminder of the need for active historical preservation)
Sweet - Ballantyne Wool Wagons
Sweet - Early Scenes
WWII Memorial, at tank, in front of courthouse
Memorial, WWI, Korea and Viet Nam at tank, in front of courthouse


1863 Basin Trail, by Dorothy Welberg
1864-1870 Martinsville, by Dorothy Welberg
1883-1885, Emmettsville by Dorothy Welberg   detail-east  detail-west
1897 Mail Routes from Idaho maps at Digital Commonwealth/Massachusetts Collections Online, which includes 1891, 1895, 1897 & 1903 mail routes
1900 Emmettsville plat
1910 Letha plat
1902 Pearl map reconstructed, by Sharon McConnel (to accompany photo below)
Sweet plat

Westview Mining District/Pearl - Maps and Photos

Mining Districts of the Idaho Basin and the Boise Ridge, 1898 (map)
Mining Districts, Willow Creek and Rock Creek (map)
1897 county line survey showing Westview Mining District, Book 1, p. 33, County Records
1902, Pearl
1902 Pearl map, reconstructed
1903, Checkmate Mine , (photo) includes Rush Van Horton, Fred Turner, Charlie Charlton, Jim Roarabou, unknowns
1909, Lincoln Mine, pictured Neil Macaskill; Thomas Ryan; Fred Turner, foreman; Charlie Charlton; Big Dan Macaskill; John Pushman; George Franklin; Merrill Turner, small boy; Don Turner, boy; Thomas O'Neil; Jimmie O'Neil; "Pokey Hauntis;" Robert Thirl; Harry Hazelton; Mike Munan; Fred Turner.
Early 20th Century postcard, "Miner near Pearl" (Neil MacAskill)
Pearl Hoist Room, probably Checkmate, (photo)
1939 Metsker Map of Pearl area


Library of Congress, Montour, partial

Library of Congress, Ola, partial

Digital Photo Collections around the state

Photos at gem.idgenweb.org
History of Idaho Collection, "The Mike Fritz Collection" of Idaho postcards, maps, documents
Boise State Digital Collection
Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections
Idaho Cities Old Main Street Postcards
Northwest Historical Postcard Collection, University of Idaho
Mountain West Digital Library
Stonebraker Collection at University of Idaho, includes Chamberlain Basin, Roosevelt, Thunder Mountain

Events Scrapbook

River Through Time (retired)
2012 Ladies Social
2010 Cemetery Tour, Voices of the Past

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