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Mining in Idaho: Today & Yesterday (with a special focus on Valley County & Stibnite)

  • 19 Mar 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave.
Several years ago, Tom Blanchard presented the most well-attended Cabin Fever lecture to date - on Idaho mining history. This year he will return to share his knowledge and experience, but this time, he will place a special emphasis on Valley County, the historic impact of mining on local communities, and a discussion about the history of the Stibnite area and the proposed Midas Gold project. By the 1870s, Idaho Territory had seen several major gold rushes that accounted for its creation, yet its growth was not sufficient to justify statehood. This changed by 1880. Gold discoveries in the Yankee Fork area and lead-silver in the Wood River Valley and the Coeur d’Alenes attracted thousands of miners who changed the political climate as well as the landscape. The impact of both political and environmental decisions of that early period remain with us yet today and deserve evaluation as we move into the 21st Century. Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with emphasis on U.S. and Western history at San Francisco State University. Since moving to Idaho in 1977, Blanchard has focused on Idaho history, doing projects and research in Idaho for the past thirty years. He taught U.S. and Idaho and the Pacific Northwest history for the College of Southern Idaho and served on the board of the Idaho Humanities Council.  He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society for 12 years. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner from Blaine County and five years as a city administrator adding a very contemporary public policy perspective to historical issues which shade our lives.


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