Archive for August 25th, 2016

Mining in Idaho

Join us tonight at 6:30 PM for a presentation by Tom Blanchard (as part of our “Explore Earth” exhibit) on the political and environmental ramifications of early mining in Idaho. Then, to satisfy your curiosity, “dig” into one of these books to learn even more about the Gem State:


The Ballyhoo Bonanza: Charles Sweeny and the Idaho Mines by John Fahey

Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets off a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony Lukas

Cabal of Death: Harry Orchard and His Associates in Murder in the Western Mining Wars by Robert G. Grimmett

Chinese Gold Mining at the Mon-Tung Site in the Snake River Canyon by Ronald L. James

Cobalt: The Legacy of the Blackbird Mine by Russell Steele

Coeur D’Alene Diary: The First Ten Years of Hardrock Mining in North Idaho by Richard G. Magnuson

The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in America’s Richest Silver Mine by Gregg Olsen

For Wood River or Bust: Idaho’s Silver Boom of the 1880s by Clark C. Spence

Idaho’s Bonanza Years: Ghost Towns, Their History and How to Find Them by Rex Painter

Idaho’s Bunker Hill: The Rise and Fall of a Great Mining Company, 1885-1981 by Katherine G. Aiken

Mining Idaho’s History: Metal Mining in Idaho 1860-1960: A Mining Context for Idaho by Kathryn L. McKay

Southern Idaho Ghost Towns by Wayne C. Sparling

The Sunshine Mine Disaster by James Brock