Thunder Mountain / Roosevelt

source: Earl Willson, The Thunder Mountain Story, “Tome Up”
[personal collection – h/t SMc]

page updated Jan 16, 2020

photo credit “The Middle Fork and the Sheepeater War” by Johnny Carrey and Cort Conley – copyright 1977


Founded late in the fall before the big rush to Thunder Mountain in the beginning of 1902, Roosevelt soon became the leading camp in the new mining district. Thousands of men, having heard that Thunder Mountain was destined to be the biggest gold producer in the country, poured into Roosevelt and the Monumental Creek area.

link: Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Number 21 February 1964
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William Allen White, the “Sage of Emporia,” chased a former governor of Kansas into Idaho, locating him in Roosevelt with a companion known as “Hot Foot.” The famous editor is said to have described the gold camp as “a log town with one street and no society.”

source: “The Ghosts Walk Under the Water” by Faith Turner courtesy AHGP – [h/t SMc]
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Frozen Dynamite

A Roosevelt miner’s misadventure late in 1906

While thawing six sticks of dynamite in his oven, he was startled by an explosion. Blown through his cabin roof, he lost his possessions but survived without serious injury.

link: Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Number 20 January 1966 (pg 32)
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Outdoor Idaho Roosevelt

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Table of Contents:

Link to Thunder Mountain Rush (part 1) Mining
Link to Thunder Mountain Rush (part 2) Routes
Link to Thunder Mountain Rush (part 3) Travel, accommodations, recreation
Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt (part 4) Its Ghosts Walk Under Water
Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt (part 5) ISHS #20
Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt (part 6) Salmon City Route
Link to Thunder Mountain and Roosevelt (part 7) Newspaper clippings
Link to Roosevelt History and photos
Link to Roosevelt Idaho’s Pompeii
Link to Roosevelt Cemetery
Link to Women in Thunder Mountain
Link to Thunder Mountain “Tome Up”
Link to Thunder Mountain – Big Creek Mining Area
Link to Colonel William H. Dewey (part 2)
Link to History Post Offices
Link to Back County Mail Carriers
Link to Curley Brewer
Link to “Sheepherder” Bill Borden
Link to Packing In
Link to Jesus Urquides – Idaho’s Premier Muleteer
Link to Fern Creek Cinnabar District
Link to Knox, Idaho
Link to McRae Family
Link to Story of Marge McRae and James Collord
Link to Simonds
Link to Valley County Murders – part 3 – The Murder Cabin

The Prospector and Thunder Mountain News

Link: November 5, 1904
Link: November 12, 1904
Link: February 4, 1905
Link: March 18, 1905
Link: March 25, 1905
Link: April 1, 1905

Link: Public folder with images of the old newspapers