Source: The Clearwater Progress (Kamiah)
History of backcountry airstrips featured May 3
KAMIAH - Each year, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office organizes and promotes statewide opportunities for the public to learn about Idaho archaeology, history and historic preservation. This year’s theme is the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in partnership with the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission, will celebrate by highlighting the history of north central Idaho’s backcountry airstrips during a Friday, May 3 presentation at the supervisor’s office in Grangeville beginning at 7 p.m. Richard H. Holm Jr. of Boise and McCall will give a presentation based on his recently released book, “Bound for the Backcountry: A History of Idaho’s Remote Airstrips.” Holm will focus on chapters of his book addressing north central Idaho airstrips and aviation, including the Main Salmon River, Clearwater Mountains, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Holm’s extensive research has resulted in a wonderful comprehensive history, including photographs and colorful stories of these airstrips, aviation and the people associated with them. Some of the locations include: the Moose Creek Ranger Station, Moose Creek Ranches, Campbell’s Ferry, Fish Lake, Shearer, Elk City, Red River, Dixie, and the Mallard Creek Ranch. Join us for this rare opportunity to learn first-hand about some of our area’s rich aviation history. An eight panel display highlighting north central Idaho’s unique aviation and airfield history will also be available for viewing. For more information, contact Cindy Schacher at 926-6412.