Big Creek / Edwardsburg

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Big Creek, Idaho in 1939


Big Creek, Idaho in 1939 Photo from “Idaho Mountains Our Home” by Lafe and Emma Cox – Copyright 1977 by V.O. Ranch Books

“Napier Edwards was a son of William Edwards and his wife Annie. In 1904 when Napier was two years old, they came to Big Creek, where they acquired a mining interest. The predominant metals were gold, silver, lead and copper. It was a 40 mile horseback ride from Warren to Big Creek. Soon Edwards built a road from Warren over Elk Summit to Big Creek. This family were real pioneers.”

Pg. 114 “Idaho Mountains Our Home” by Lafe and Emma Cox – Copyright 1977 by V.O. Ranch Books

Where the Road Ends Outdoor Idaho

Copyright 2017 © Idaho Public Television

Big Creek

Deep in the heart of central Idaho, the isolated community of Big Creek was once the sole province of miners, Forest Service personnel and eccentrics. Today, the hodgepodge collection of homes on the boundary of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness still remains a destination for those who want to get about as far away from city life in Idaho as possible.

We travel the rugged roads to Big Creek to talk with those who have thrived on its remoteness, including 100-year old Wilbur Wiles, who used to live there through the deep winters; Earl Dobbs, the first wilderness ranger in the area; and two backcountry pilots who forged a deep relationship over their mutual love for Big Creek.

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Links to more Big Creek and Edwardsburg stories:

Link to Big Creek – Edwardsburg 1879 – 1911

Link to Big Creek – Edwardsburg 1920’s

Link to Big Creek – Edwardsburg 1930’s

Link to Big Creek – Edwardsburg 1940’s

Link to The Wolf Fang (1950’s)

Link to Big Creek – Edwardsburg 1960s 1970s 1980s

Link to Frank Church Wilderness

Link to Packing In

Link to Big Creek Ranger Station History

Link to History Post Offices

Link to Cougar Dave Lewis

Link to Wilbur Wiles

Link to Curley Brewer

Link to Lafe and Emma Cox

Link to McRae Family

Link to Sheepeater Indians

Link to Cabin Creek History

Link to Taylor Ranch History

Link to Chamberlain Ranger Station Historic District

Link to Stonebraker Family

1928 Photos Warm Lake to Yellow Pine to Big Creek to Cougar Dave Lewis Ranch
Link to Harry Shellworth Album Idaho State Historical Society, photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.