Idaho History November 20, 2016

Yellow Pine Area Historical Photos 1928

Harry Shellworth Album by photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.

About this collection

In a state known for its camping, a 1928 mountain bivouac stands above all others for its significance in Idaho history.

Harry Shellworth might seem an unlikely advocate for the cause of wilderness preservation. But the long effort to conserve Idaho’s wildlands crosses political party and ideological lines. An official with the Boise-Payette Lumber Company (a predecessor of Boise Cascade), Shellworth oversaw Weyerhaeuser logging interests in Idaho. But he also loved to hunt and camp, and he keenly appreciated the need to preserve some of Idaho’s pristine landscape for future generations. In 1928 he invited some important friends on a camping trip into central Idaho—including Governor Clarence Baldridge, Boise attorney Jess Hawley, and Kellogg mining executive Stanley Easton. Shellworth’s mission: To convince these powerful Idahoans that the land around the Middle Fork of the Salmon should be preserved.

In 1930, Baldridge – converted to the cause – appointed Shellworth to head a Governor’s Committee to explore Primitive Area designation for that breathtaking landscape. In 1931, the U.S. Forest Service established the Idaho Primitive Area. At 1.1 million acres, it was one of the earliest and largest Primitive Areas in the nation.

Idaho photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr. accompanied the party as the official photographer of the trip.

BROWSE the album from the Shellworth Manuscript Collection (MS 269) which documents this historic trip.
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Cars at Yellow Pine

1928cars-at-yellow-pine

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg34
Title Cars at Yellow Pine
Description All ready to get into the cars at Yellow Pine for Boise
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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East Fork Trail 1

1928east-fork-trail-1

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg30
Title East Fork Trail 1
Description East Fork Trail near Yellow Pine Idaho, Govenor Baldridge is in the lead
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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East Fork Trail 2

1928east-fork-trail-2

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg31
Title East Fork Trail 2
Description East Fork Trail near Yellow Pine, Idaho. Govenor Baldridge is in the lead, Jess Stanley is walking,Shellworth is next
Subject (AAT) wilderness
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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Warm Lake grade

1928warm-lake-grade

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg35
Title Warm Lake grade
Description Jess B. Hawley, A.F. Coorerod and H.G. Shellworth at Warm Lake grade
Subject (AAT) wilderness
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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Warm Lake

1928warm-lake

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg37
Title Warm Lake
Description Warm Lake from near Warm Lake Summit
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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Moving picture machine

1928moving-picture-machine

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg33
Title Moving picture machine
Description Govenor Baldridge at the moving picture machine “taking the bunch”
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:
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Baldridge and Reed with cougar pelt

1928reed-with-cougar-pelt

Identifier MS269-B1F22-pg32
Title Baldridge and Reed with cougar pelt
Description Govenor Baldridge all “dolled-up” in chaps and guns helping “Deadshot Reed” hold up the cougar pelt
Date 1928-10
Photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.
Location Valley County, Idaho, United States
Rights Management In Copyright
Publisher Idaho State Historical Society
source w/larger photo:

[big h/t to SMc]
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A Campfire Vision: Establishing the Idaho Primitive Area

Dennis and Lynn Baird Journal of the west

History of the Idaho Primitive area: PDF file
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page updated Aug 1, 2019 (fixed broken links)