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Big Creek, Idaho in 1939
“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
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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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