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McCall, Roseberry (and Yellow Pine), Idaho

Posted by graywacke on March 25, 2016

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-four-or-five days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2255; A Landing A Day blog post number 685.

Dan:  This is my first landing in ID since I changed my random lat/long methodology, so obviously, ID is undersubscribed (US) and my Score has lowered (from 988 to 942, a record low).  Not so obvious to you?  Check out the tab “About Landing (Revisited),” above.

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2

Here’s my very local streams-only map:

landing 3a

As you can see, I landed in the watershed of Copeland Ck; on to Boulder Ck.  Zooming back a little, Boulder Ck makes its way to the N Fk of the Payette R (2nd hit):

landing 3b

Zooming back even more, we can see that the N Fk of the Payette makes its way to the Payette (3rd hit); then to the Snake (78th hit):

landing 3c

Of course, the Snake discharges to the Columbia (157th hit).

It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight on in to W-Cen ID.  Click HERE, enjoy the trip, then hit your back button.

I landed in a topographically-robust region; definitely worth a second (and third) GE look.  Here’s an oblique view looking SE:

ge 1

Pretty cool, eh?  Now, here’s a view looking east past McCall, with my landing in the far distance (about 8 miles away):

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There is no decent GE Street View (SV) coverage of my landing, so I won’t bother.  I had to go quite far afield (all the way down to Donnelly) to find a SV shot of Boulder Ck:

ge sv boulder ck map

Here’s what the orange dude sees:

ge sv boulder ck

This is a beautiful area, and I thoroughly enjoyed finding stunning scenery pictures, which of course I’ll share with you at the end of the post.  But I must admit that beyond the beauty of the area, it’s pretty much:

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McCall has grown to base its economy around tourists, and long-time readers know I don’t generally feature tourist attractions.  Lardo doesn’t really exist (it’s just part of McCall), although I did find a video about “moving the Lardo bridge.”  I’m not sure why they had to move the bridge, but it’s cool how they did it:

 

Not surprisingly, I’ve landed in this general area before.  One of my landings in the vicinity featured the “town” of Roseberry (which doesn’t even show up on my local landing map).  GE often shows little towns that don’t show up on Street Atlas, which is the case this time as well:

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I’ll lift some excerpts from my February 2010 Roseberry post:

On to Roseberry.  I lifted the following from Our Life on Wheels (by Jerry & Suzy).  Click HERE for their travel blog.

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Roseberry, Idaho, is a town that used to be a town but isn’t any more because the railroad went a different direction [it went through Donnelly].  Roseberry, founded by Finns, used to be the biggest town in the Long Valley region of Idaho. Now it’s mostly a memory … and a major project of Frank and Kathy Eld. Frank has been working for 39 years to rebuild (focusing on the town’s Finnish heritage), to restore, and revitalize Roseberry, ever since he graduated from college. Kathy operates the Roseberry General Store and Museum while Frank rebuilds.

The store:

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The church & museum:

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One of the few remaining Finn houses:

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For a little more history, I found this from IGoUGo.com, by Wildcat Diane:

Roseberry, Idaho is an old Finnish settlement near Donnelly, Idaho. The Finns settled here in the late 19th century after fleeing the oppressive Russian empire who occupied Finland at the time. It is a source of local pride and a part of Idaho history and of who settled it.

The Finns had fled Russian-dominated Finland in the late 19th century because the czarist government wanted to eliminate the Finnish way of life and make Finland a part of Russia. The Finns fled to the United States and settled in Idaho because Idaho reminded the Finns of home with its mountains and open fields that were suitable for their agricultural way of life.

Update:  The whole kit and caboodle (aka the town of Roseberry) has been sold to the Long Valley Preservation Society, which is continuing to maintain and upgrade the historic town.  Very cool.  There’s a new website for Roseberry; it features this picture of a 1911 Fourth of July parade in Roseberry:

4th july

Moving right along, I’ll expand my landing map a little:

landing 2b

See Yellow Pine?  It’s about 20 miles east of my landing.  Yellow Pine has a long and storied history with my whole landing experience.  Here’s a rundown of Yellow Pine-related landings:

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I really recommend the post for landing 2119.  Just enter yellow pine into the search box and check it out.

Anyway . . . it’s time for some pretty pictures.  I’ll start with this shot from along the Payette River looking west (from a post on Virginia Tech geophysical surveys):

LongValleyID

From mountainsofexperience.com, the McCall waterfront:

mountains of experience mccall winter 2011

Now it’s time for GE Panoramio shots, all within 5 miles of my landing (and but one of lakes).  First this, by CKMcDonald of Boulder Lake, just a mile south of my landing:

pano ckmcdonald boulder lake 1 mile south

Here’s another Boulder Lake shot, by the same photographer:

pano ckmcdonald boulder lake 1 mile south 3

What the heck – the third in a series . . .

pano ckmcdonald boulder lake 1 mile south 2

And another lake shot, by M Kuskie:

pano mkuskie

And another, this one by Merritt Glenn:

pano merritt glenn

(I wonder how many times Merritt Glenn has said, “two Rs, two Ts and two Ns?”)

I’ll close with this, of a lovely mountain meadow by JLJohnson:

pano j l johnson

That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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Yellow Pine, Idaho (revisited)

Posted by graywacke on September 8, 2014

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2119; A Landing A Day blog post number 547.

Dan –  My last landing (Bear Lake Utah) just missed Idaho by a mile – landing in the OSer UT as opposed to the USer ID.  I didn’t miss a second time . . .ID; 50/58; 4/10; 148.3.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

I’ve had three landings in a row are in the same neck of the woods: western Montana, then northeast Utah, and now central ID:

 landing 1a

My local landing map shows my proximity to Yellow Pine:

 landing 2

Yellow Pine!  AYKM*?  My very first blog post (landing 1583 in November 2008) was Yellow Pine!  And that landing was my third landing near Yellow Pine (the first being landing 492 in July of 2004 and the second, landing 1355 in February of 2008)!  And I had another blog post where I landed near Yellow Pine, but featured another town – Roseberry – instead (landing 1858 in February of 2010)!

       *Are You Kidding Me?

So, this is my fifth Yellow Pine landing, which may not sound extraordinary to you, but it certainly sounds extraordinary to me!  (OK, OK, I promise:  no more exclamation points this post!) 

 Here’s a map showing my five Yellow Pine landings:

 landing 4

Let’s head up to Yellow Pine from Bear Lake, courtesy Google Earth (GE):

Before I forget, here’s my watershed map:

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My landing drains to Johnson Creek, on to the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River (1st hit!); on to the South Fork of the Salmon River (2nd hit); to the Salmon River (13th hit); to the Snake River (75th hit); to the Columbia River (151st hit).  

Here’s a static, oblique GE shot of my landing, looking north:

 GE 1

So anyway, Yellow Pine it is.  I’m not going to wander off, and hook up with some other town.  No sir, not this time.  Here’s the GE trip from my landing to the town:

First off, I want to stress just how isolated this town is.  Here’s a slightly expanded landing map – the roads coming in from the south and west are both dirt roads:

 landing 5 isolation

I did a quick route map on Google Maps from Yellow Pine to McCall (the closest town).  Here ‘tis:

 google maps yellow pine to mcCall

Fifty miles takes three hours & ten minutes!!  Wow.  So, according to Google Maps, you average less than 20 mph on that road.  I have a feeling that with a tough pick-up, the trip can be made quite a bit faster (and generally is).

So, let’s have a listen to local resident Darwin DeBois for some history, some insights on wildlife management and local color:

In fact, it was the very same harmonica fest that I featured on the very first post of A Landing A Day.  Now I could update that post with news of the 2014 Harmonica Fest, but I think that the following from my original post captures the essence of the town and the Fest  just fine:

 yellow pine

 

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            This is a  picture of Harmonica Fest 2008.  Wow!  Look at the crowds!  They actually close down Main Street for three days!!

 old post fest crowds

From the same website, this about the Village of Yellow Pine:

The village of Yellow Pine is high in the Idaho mountains (alt. 4,765 ft), 150 miles north of Boise, surrounded by national forests… and is known as the “Gateway to the Central Idaho Wilderness Area.”  You’ll see dirt streets, a real live “little red schoolhouse” (fondly known as The University of Yellow Pine), a wooded RV park, rustic cabins, country store, hotel, gas pumps, three tavern/cafes, and the Community Hall and Fire Hall.

The Pioneer Cemetery (which contains many historic grave stones) is in the forest near the Yellow Pine campground, about 1/4 mile from town.

old post cemetery

 

I love that “Dead End Road” has equal billing to the cemetery.

 If there’s a fire in Yellow Pine, don’t worry, this fine fire truck will be zooming to the scene:

 old post firetruck

Back to me in the here and now . . .

What I failed to mention back in ’08 is that there is no admission charge!  All you gotta do is figure out how to get yourself to Yellow Pine in early August, find yourself a place to camp, and then you’re all set for the time of your life!

I found the following video of an act at the 2014 Music & Harmonica Fest – a piece by the Half Fast Hillbillies:

And then this act, from the 2010 fest, entitled “Cirque du Saloon by Ali and Dylan.”  I mean where else will you find a woman performing with a hoola hoop, accompanied by a guitar and harmonica version of Sweet Georgia Brown?

While checking out You Tube, I noticed the following video by SunFlyer65, which shows a take-off and landing at a private airstrip near Yellow PIne.  This is very cool, and I highly recommend that you stay with it for the entire 4 minutes:

They’re flying over the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, not far from where Johnson Creek comes in.  Anyway, here’s a GE shot of the airstrip:

airport

 

Time for some Panoramio shots close to my landing.  I’ll start out 7 miles south, with this shot along Johnson Creek by ElkBender257:

pano elkbender257 on Johnson ck 7 mi n

 

Here’s one by Ralph Maughan (a familiar name) about 5 miles east:

pano ralph maughan  5 miles east

 

I used three of Ralph’s pictures in my Jackson Hole (part 2) post and one in my Cherry Creek NV post.

 

I’ll close with this shot by Jason Abbott of Johnson Creek about 2 miles north:

pano jason abbott 2 mi n johnson creek

 

That’ll do it.

KS

Greg

 

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Yellow Pine, Idaho

Posted by graywacke on November 28, 2008

Note:  This entry is a couple of days old (it’s my 11/25/08 landing).  I only do one landing per day, but thought I’d start with this one.  I’ll be catching up soon.  Read “About Landing” to figure out what this is all about . . .

 

Dan –  So, I looked at the lat/long – N45, W115 – and I thought:  “damn, a WBer.”  But then, I had a glimmer of hope (typically dashed in similar situations) that it could be ID.  But then, it was  . . . ID; 36/43; 3/10; 7; 166.3. 

 

 I landed in the Middle Fk of the Salmon R watershed (4th hit), on to the Salmon (10th hit), to the Snake (56th) to the Columbia (92nd). 

 

 I landed near Yellow Pine, home of the famous Yellow Pine Harmonica Fest.

 

 So Dan, if the above sounds familiar (especially the part about the Yellow Pine Harmonica Fest), it’s because I cut-and-pasted my 2/18/08 email to you, and only changed the numbers as appropriate.  I landed a mere 3.5 miles away from my February landing.

 

 But here’s the big story on Action News:  As reported in February of 2008, the 2007 Yellow Pine Harmonica Fest was canceled at the last minute due to supposed “fire code violations.”   But the Fest is back!!  The 2008 festival was held in August, and was a roaring success!!

 

 Harmonica Fest 2008/9

  
A summer music festival hidden in the backwoods… 

       

Yellow Pine


Idaho – USA,

 


Population 40

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 …Everyone is getting into the act!

 

 20th! Annual Yellow Pine

Harmonica Contest & Festival

 


Aug. 7
th, 8th, 9th, 2009              Make your plans to attend now!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 crowd

  This is a picture of Harmonica Fest 2008.  Wow!  Look at the crowds!  They actually close down Main Street for three days!! 

 

 From the same website, this about the Village of Yellow Pine:

 

 The village of Yellow Pine is high in the Idaho mountains (alt. 4,765 ft), 150 miles north of Boise, surrounded by national forests… and is known as the “Gateway to the Central Idaho Wilderness Area.”  You’ll see dirt streets, a real live “little red schoolhouse” (fondly known as The University of Yellow Pine), a wooded RV park, rustic cabins, country store, hotel, gas pumps, three tavern/cafes, and the Community Hall and Fire Hall. 

 

 The Pioneer Cemetery (which contains many historic grave stones) is in the forest near the Yellow Pine campground, about 1/4 mile from town. 

 

  cemetery sign

 

I love that “Dead End Road” has equal billing to the cemetery. 

If there’s a fire in Yellow Pine, don’t worry, this fine fire truck will be zooming to the scene:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Yellow Pine's only firetruck??

 

 

Here’s a nice shot of Main St. looking in the opposite direction than the crowd shot above (and, obviously, when there’s no Harmonica Fest going on.

 

 

Main St.

  

KS

 Greg

 

 

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