Idaho History Dec 1, 2019

Buffalo Hump

Idaho County, Idaho

(part 2) Newspaper Clippings

Map (1912) Buffao Hump area in Idaho County

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Post Offices


Established April 4, 1899 Richard Henley
Discontinued November 15, 1900
Mail to Hump
Approximately 60 miles S.E. of Grangeville
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Established November 23, 1899 Frank Brown
January 3, 1901 Boyd Phelps Quivery
October 23, 1901 Albert Sifton Jr.
November 29, 1902 D. Shaw
Discontinued September 30, 1905
Mail to Concord
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Established January 17, 1900 James Eldridge
January 19, 1909 William Allen
Discontinued November 15, 1913
Mail to Orogrande
2 miles S.E. of Hump

source: © Idaho County IDGenWeb Project 1997
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The Citizens Call – Sep 7, 1898

“There is the wildest time in Florence camp, in Idaho, I ever saw in the west,” said a traveling man who came in from there. “The town is deserted by every able-bodied man who can possibly leave it. Everybody has gone to Buffalo Hump. I was in Florence several weeks ago, and it was quiet. Times were duller there than in any other Idaho town I visited. It’s different now. It’s a Klondike rush, and no mistake. People are fairly running over each other in the mad chase for a piece of the rich ledges that are being found on the Hump.

“I haven’t heard a word that indicates disappointment on the part of anyone who has located on the big Buffalo ledge. Every man who came back to Florence from the new discovery while I was there had the same good story to tell. The ore is rich. Some of it is enormously rich. They can’t assay the ore in Florence any more. All the assayers have closed up shop and gone to the new camp to look for bonanzas themselves. The ore is free milling, however, and they crush it and pan it and thus estimate the values. I saw some fine looking coarse gold crushed out of some of the rock.

“Persons going should be well supplied with blankets and warm clothing. The season is short up in that country and it will not be many days now until the snow will be flying, and it gets very deep in that region. It looks like a genuine find of an immense zone of rich ore. I heard it freely commented upon that the miners were acting fairly in the new district and that few were taking more than one or two claims. The formation is said to be quite hard, requiring drills, powder and fuse as a part of the prospector’s equipment.”

source: Google Newspapers
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Pack Transportation, Grangeville to Buffalo Hump

The McDaniels pack train loaded with provisions for the Jumbo Mine at Buffalo Hump.
J. A. Hanson, photographer (undated)

Copyright is held by the Idaho State Historical Society.
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Pictured is a pack train hauling batteries for the Jumbo Mine at Buffalo Hump. The Henry Wax General Merchandise store and other businesses line the street in Grangeville, Idaho.
J. A. Hanson, photographer (undated)

Copyright is held by the Idaho State Historical Society.
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News from “The Florence Miner” newspaper, Florence, Idaho

Chas. H. Scott Dead

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – January 2, 1899

The Florence Miner records the death of Charles H. Scott, who was well-known here, having been connected with the Black Hornet mine. At the time of his death he was deputy recorder of the Buffalo Hump District.

The Miner says: On Wednesday afternoon, December 21, at 3:30 o’clock, Charles H. Scott died of inflammation of the kidneys.

At the age of 34 years, the Great Ruler of the universe has seen fit to take from the midst of friends and loved ones our esteemed friend, whom all admired for his sterling qualities, his staunch manhood, his charity and goodness of heart.
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The Helena Independent – Helena Montana – December 26, 1898

Under the heading of “Jottings About Town”

Charles H. Scott, 30 years old, son of Mrs. Jefferis, of Helena, died at Florence, Idaho last Wednesday, of Bright’s discane (spelling may be incorrect). Helena had been his home since early boyhood until recent years, when he settled in Idaho, engaging in mining. He was for a time in charge of the Charlotte gulch placer mines, and latterly was deputy clerk and recorder. He had been connected with the press, having been editor of the Philipsburg Mail and a regular contributor to the Florence Times.

source: Idaho County GenWeb
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Klondike Weather Has Struck Florence

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – February 12, 1899

Spokane, Wash., Feb. 11 – Reports received today from Florence, Idaho, state that Klondike weather has struck that isolated camp. The thermometers were not graded low enough by one and one-half inches to indicate the temperature, but the grading down showed approximately 62 to 65 degrees below zero.

Florence is a famous old placer camp of the early 60’s, and has come into renewed prominence since the recent gold discoveries on Buffalo Hump.

A raw-hide train of three men and seven horses left Florence for the Hump. It was the first trip with horses, but the trail will probably be kept open from now on. The horses have snowshoes fitted to their feet and travel on them very successfully. The snow is about six feet deep.

source: © PBC Idaho County GenWeb
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Charley Robbins Dead

Idaho County Free Press – March 31, 1899

It is the grim irony of fate that after a life of labor and comparative poverty, that Charley Robbins should be cut down at the very period of his existence that promised wealth and happiness.

Charley Robbins, one of the original discoverers of the Big Buffalo mine at Buffalo Hump, died in Lewiston of Pneumonia on March 31, 1899.

source: Idaho County GenWeb
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Buffalo Hump

Buffalo Hump looking north toward Idaho County. Horse riders with pack animals are in the foreground.
J. A. Hanson, photographer (undated)

Copyrightis held by the Idaho State Historical Society.
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1899 Buffalo Hump Avalanche

In an Avalanche – Tragic Death of Jack Roche at Buffalo Hump

Swept Away in a Slide

Found Dead half an Hour Later a Short Distance from the Point Where He Had Been Working.

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – April 9, 1899

The Grangeville Free Press says that Jack Roche, a well-known Florence miner, was killed at Buffalo Hump a few days ago by a snow slide. The news was brought to Grangeville by Ed Adams and J.P. Anderson, who made the trip from the Hump to Grangeville on snowshoes in two days. The Free Press tells the story as follows:

Deceased had been working for Frank Brown, the Hump storekeeper for about two months. On Friday last he had laid off for the purpose of prospecting and making a snow location if luck favored.

Roche was seen b y several men to descend a steep incline. A great quantity of fresh snow had fallen which overhung the top of the steep place. Miners shouted to Roche that he was working in an unsafe place, but he gave no heed to the warnings, and commenced to dig near Frank Harnett’s cabin.

Roche commenced his work in the morning and at noon stuck his shovel and pick in the snow and went to dinner. On his return he found a small slide had buried his implements so that he was forced to borrow another shovel to dig them out.

That was the last seen of Roche or Harnett’s shack. Men working on top of the hill heard a muffled roar and saw a moving mass of snow. The spot where Roche had commenced working was a small flat or ledge half way down the slope on the north side of the Hump. Below Harnett’s shanty the incline became exceedingly precipitous. Those who witnessed the slide, therefore, felt it useless to search for their unfortunate comrade at any spot short of the bottom of the steep.

It was but a little time before 10 or 15 men were at work with shovels at the foot of the baranca, and their efforts were soon rewarded by the discovery of Jack Roche’s body covered by only two or three feet of snow. In spite of the light weight, however, the unfortunate man had breathed his last. His lifeless body lay at a spot 400 yards from the place where he had last been seen working. Eye-witnesses state that until half-way to the bottom of the hill, Roche was carried on top of the slide. The supposition is that death was caused by internal injuries resulting from deceased being dragged over the packed surface of the old snow with the weight of many tons of loose snow superimposed. Suffocation also may have caused death, although it was but a short half hour from the time the snow ceased to slide until the body was recovered.

Jack Roche was well-known in Florence, no man better, having been identified with that place ever since the camp existed. He was formerly a railroad man, and had worked on the Union Pacific. So far as known he leaves no relatives nor was he a member of any fraternal order.

Messrs. Adams and J.P. Anderson state that at the time they left the Hump, Saturday morning, the intention was to bury Roche near the camp.

source: Idaho County GenWeb
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1899 Buffalo Hump – Larabee, Charles

Saloon Keeper Stabbed to Death at Buffalo Hump

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – August 25, 1899

Lewiston, Aug. 24 – Word reached here today of the murder of Charles Larabee, a saloon keeper at Buffalo Hump, by James Long, a miner, on Tuesday evening. The men had quarreled in a gamboling game but it was thought they had settled the difficulty amicably. A few minutes later Larabee and Long walked out of the tent saloon together, both apparently being in a good humor. The report states that when they reached the outside, Long stabbed Larabee twice. One of the wounds penetrated the kidneys from the back. Long was crazy with drink at the time. Larabee died Wednesday afternoon.

Long arrived at Mount Idaho, the county seat, last evening and gave himself up to the authorities.

Larabee is well known in northwest Idaho, having worked as a hotel clerk and barkeeper in various towns. He has a mother living at West Superior, Wis. Long has followed the occupation of mining in Idaho County several years.
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Idaho County Free Press – September 1, 1899

Charles M. Larrabee was stabbed by Jim Long of Warren, Tuesday evening at Buffalo Hump and he died from the effects of his wounds Wednesday. The affray occurred at Concord about two miles from here. From the facts at hand, it seems that Long and Larrabee had been drinking and playing cards in Washburn & Larrabee’s saloon when the altercation arose and both went out in front of the saloon. Larrabee slapped Long’s face and Long instantly pulled out a hunting knife from his belt and cut and stabbed Larrabee on both sides in the groin, cutting the kidneys and laying open the stomach so that the intestines were exposed.

Long was arrested for the murder and allowed to be released on $4,000 bail.
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James Long Acquitted

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – December 4, 1899

A Mt. Idaho dispatch to the Lewiston Tribune says: James Long, who stabbed Charles Larrabee to death in a saloon row which occurred at Buffalo Hump on August 22nd last, was today acquitted of the charge of murder by a jury in the district court. The trial of the case commenced Monday and every foot of the ground covered was vigorously fought out by the attorneys for the state and the defendant’s attorneys.

source: © PBC Idaho County GenWeb
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Concord, one of the Ghost towns in the many Mining Camps of central Idaho.

courtesy Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
Title: Concord
Forest Name: Nez Perce National Forest
Location: Buffalo Hump area — Red River Ranger District
Credit: George Ring — St. Gertrude’s Museum
Description: Abandoned mining town of Concord.
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1899 Buffalo Hump – Connors, John

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – October 21, 1899

Buffalo Hump Shooting

A few days ago a man named John Connors was shot at Buffalo Hump by P.F. (Bill) Murphy. Both are spoken of as bad characters. A man from the Hump, telling the Grangeville Press of the affray said: “There was only one mistake and that was that Murphy did not kill Connors and then we would have had the pleasure of hanging Murphy, when two disreputable characters would be out of the way.”

source: © PBC Idaho County GenWeb
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Fish Lake

Fish Lake is located 5 miles east of Buffalo Hump, Idaho County.
J. A. Hanson, photographer (undated)

Copyrightis held by the Idaho State Historical Society.
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1903 Buffalo Hump – Idaho Bishop, John

Killing at Buffalo Hump

George Ash Shoots John Bishop with a Winchester

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – May 1, 1903

A dispatch from Grangeville says: Word was brought out from Buffalo Hump today of the killing of John Bishop by George Ash.

Ash was proprietor of a hotel in the Hump and Bishop was waiting on table. They quarreled over the affections of the woman who cooked for the house and over business matters.

Ash said he came downstairs, finding Bishop up and a fire lighted. Ash demanded a settlement. He says Bishop replied: I’ll get something to settle you,” and started upstairs, as if to get a weapon. Ash had a 30-caliber Winchester and demanded that Bishop return. As the latter started out the door, Ash fired, the bullet entering Bishop’s side and coming out over his heart, causing instant death.

No one lese [sic] was near to affirm or deny his story. There was talk of lynching when the story was known. Ash is under arrest.
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Murderer Captured

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – May 5, 1903

Says a dispatch from Grangeville: George Ash, who shot and killed John Bishop at Buffalo Hump last Sunday, has been arrested here by Deputy Sheriff Vincent. Ash, when found, was hiding in the barn on A.W. Moore’s place
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Fires Fatal Shot at His Partner

Geo. Ash, Believed to Be From Duluth, The Assailant

The Duluth News Tribune – Duluth, Minnesota – May 9, 1903

A brief item of new has been telegraphed from Spokane to the effect that George Ash, a hotel man at Buffalo Hump, Idaho, has shot his business partner, John Bishop, killing him. The friends and acquaintances of George Esh, formerly of Duluth, say that the dispatch refers to him, and that the name is misspelled. Esh has been in Idaho for the past three years.

The particulars of the killing are meager. It seems that Ash, or Esh, was conducting a hotel at the mining camp of the Buffalo Hump and John Bishop was his partner. A quarrel arose between them over a woman cook and Ash demanded a business settlement. Bishop is quoted as saying in a threatening and angry manner: “I will settle you,” and started up the stairs. Ash seemed to be satisfied that Bishop was going after a weapon, and called on him to stop. Bishop paid no heed and Ash shot him with a rifle.

What action was taken by the authorities in regard to the killing is unknown in Duluth at present. The scene of the shooting is 75 miles from a railroad.

The friends and acquaintances of George Esh in Duluth say there is no doubt that Ash and Esh are the same. George Esh was well known in Duluth up to a few years ago. In 1898 he joined the rush of Klondikers, taking the Edmonton route with a party from this city. He returned to Duluth the following year and later went out to Idaho. He has since visited Duluth and reported that he was doing well out there.

George Bishop, a Duluth bartender, fears that the John Bishop who was killed by “Ash” was his brother. He has a brother of that name somewhere in the west, but does not know whether he was at Buffalo Hump or not.
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George Esh Captured (Misspelled in newspaper)

He is the Man Who Killed John Bishop at Buffalo Hump

Idaho Daily Statesman – Boise, Idaho – May 13, 1903

Grangeville Free Press: George Esh, who shot and killed John Bishop on April 26 at the Hump, was arrested in A.W. Moore’s barn last Friday by Deputy Sheriff Joe Vincent and City Marshal Brown. After the tragedy Esh went to the Wise Boy mine, where he had been conducting the boarding house, and after telling some of the men that he had shot Bishop, started through the mountains and reached Grangeville Thursday night. He had avoided the road and his four days’ journey through the mountains of snow and ice with practically nothing to eat left him in an exhausted condition. When arrested he claimed that he had not heard that the coroner’s jury brought in a verdict of self-defense. He carried a rifle and revolver with him and they were found in a manger in the barn. The body of Bishop was brought out and buried here Sunday. Bishop had about $600 on her person when killed, and also money in the bank.

source: © PBC Idaho County GenWeb
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Buffalo Hump, Mines

Some of the original locators of Buffalo Hump.

Front row left to right: C. Cone, J. D. Stantial, M. Gilbert, C. I. Flock, T. Plummer, L. Holywood, A. F. Schultz, L. Smith. 2nd row: J. P. Lefler, R. W. Hawley, F. Dorris, C. Robbins, R. F. Carney, L. A. Dorris, D. Greenwalt, L. Clucker. 3rd row: F. Brown, E. E. Dorris, J. Davis, J. Jenson, I. N. Smith, G. Baker, L. Watson, W. H. Dorris. Back row: O. O. Gummere, D. G, Jarron, W. H. Palmer, M. Green, J. Venoy, J. Jenson, J. Honen, C. Flint.
J. A. Hanson, photographer (undated)

Copyrightis held by the Idaho State Historical Society.
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1899 Buffalo Hump Mines


This is simply a listing of the mining claims shown on the above plat for the Buffalo Hump Camp

Plat was compiled by Hill & Tillson ca. 1899 at Lewiston, Idaho Territory

Adams #2
Adams #3
Ajax #2 1353
AL-AN #2 1583
Alhambra 1763
American 1755
American Girl
Andover 1364
Atlas 1820
Baby Louise
Bachelor Fract
Baden 1598
Bald Eagle #1
Bald Eagle #2
Bald Eagle #3
Big 2
Big Chief
Big Metallic
Black #3
Blind Pig
Blue Bird 1500
Blue Grouse
Blue Ribbon 1468
Blue Stone 1581
Bobby Burns
Broadwater 1472
Broadway 1472
Broke FRA
Brown Stone 1583
Buffalo Bill 1374
Buffalo Chief
Buffalo Extension
Bull of the Woods
Chief Joseph
Clara B. 1353
Clipper Bulv
Colsellers 1820
Comet #2 1583
Copper Girl
Copper Standard
Copper Standard Extension
Course Gold
Cracked Wedge
Cracker Jack 1482
Crane Placers
Crown Point
Crystal Butte
Crystal Lake 1599
Dead Tree 1539
Denver #2
Dew Drop
Eldorado 1765
Emerald Placer 1375
Empire Placer 1375
Erins Hope
Fortune 1450
Foxy Damsel
Franklin #3
Franklin #4
Franklin #5
North Franklin
South Franklin
West Franklin
Glen Placer
Golden Eagle
Granite #2
Hay FR
Heigh Ho 1584
High Top 1595
Highland 1681
Idaho Bird
Idaho Girl
Iron Cad 1467
Iron Clad
Iron King
North Jefferson
South Jefferson
Jubilee Placer
Jupiter Placer 1394
La Belle
Liberty Bell
Lilly #1
Lilly #2
Lilly #3
Lily E.
Little Massic
Lucky Boy 1791
Lucky Lady
Maxine Elliot
Merrimac 1496
Merrimac Fract
Miss Junean
Miss Junean #2
Molly Gibson 1366
Monte Carlo
Monte Cristo 1766
Moon Anchor
Morning Star
Mother Lode
Mountain Top
Mt. Pelee
Naples 1531
1st National
2nd National
Neptune Placer 1394
No. 4
No. 5
No. One 1534
Norcross 1538
Norrie 1584
North America #1
North America #2
North America #3
North Pole
North Star
Old Maid
Olyda 1372
Orofino 1497
Osite 1498
Phil E.
Pinetop 1696
Pirate 1365
Quaker 1449
Red Cross 1495
Red Star 1574
Reo Grande 1528
Rob Roy
Rob Roy Extension
Robinhood 1697
Robt Emmett
Ruby Placer 1375
Ruth #1
Ruth #2
Ruth #3
Santa Rosa
Shadow 1539
Sheep Creek Placer
Shelby 1368
Shelby Fract
Side Issue
Silent Friend
Silver King
Snow Shoe
Snowtop 1599
Spokane #2
Spokane #3
St. Paul 1763
St. Paul Fract
Sub Rosa
Summit 1581
Sunny Side
Sunset Placer 1372
Sunshine Placer 1375
Texas 1353
Texas 1353
Three Friends
Timber King 1452
Timber Queen 1580
Tip Top
Tom Thumb
Trilby 1353
Tripple Butte
Truesdale Placer
Twin Lake
Twin Lake #2
Twin LD
Twin Lode
Vanness 1479
Venus Placer 1394
Vesuvious Fract
Vesuvious Wedge
Wanness Fract
Washington Fract
Way Up 1600
White Elephant
Whitebird 1499
Wide West
Wild Horse
Wild Horse #2
Wild Horse #3
Wise Boy 1819
Wise Girl
Yankee Boy 1513
source: ©Idaho County IDGenWeb Project 1997
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Gold Production as of 1911

Buffalo Hump $1,000,000.00 Gold Quartz

source: ©Idaho County IDGenWeb Project 1997
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Map 1895 Buffalo Hump Area, Idaho County


Link to: Buffalo Hump Part 1 – Mining

page updated August 5, 2020