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About the author:
Evan E. Filby retired from a position where he published over 250 articles, reports, book chapters, and other nonfiction documents. For over a decade since, he has pursued a "second career" in writing, producing both nonfiction and fiction. Besides a novel - still seeking a publisher - he has written several short stories. His studies of Western history, particularly Idaho history, have led to quite a few nonfiction articles. Topics have included "Albert Sidney Johnston and the Mormon War," "the Battle of White Bird Canyon," "Loyal P. Brown: Idaho County Pioneer," and a series on the founding of the various Idaho institutions of higher learning.
"Boise River Gold Country" is the second book he has completed about Idaho history. His first - "Before the Spud: Indians, Buckaroos and Sheepherders in Pioneer Idaho" - is currently being readied for publication under the same imprint as "Boise River Gold Country". Evan also has a work of historical fiction in the planning stage.
Filby produces a blog based on his research on Idaho history: the "South Fork Companion" at The blog features an "On This Day" item devoted to daily milestones specifically connected to Idaho history.
Evan collected images for, and wrote Boise River Gold Country to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Boise Basin. Several "spin-off" writing projects are also being considered.

Boise River Gold Country

Authored by Evan E. Filby
Other direction by Skip Myers

"There's gold in them thar hills, boys!" That old saying – made famous by writer Mark Twain – is certainly still true in the Boise Basin, a broad region in the mountains northeast of Boise, Idaho. Just two or three years ago, a claim owner found a fine piece photographed by Skip Myers, Boise Basin merchant. (That photo is used on the book's back cover.) And there's more where that came from. Exactly where, however, must remain undisclosed. (It's somewhere within twenty miles of Idaho City.) As in the "old days," claim-jumping is not unheard of, although the owner is most worried about weekend hobbyists. Gold "made" Idaho Territory, and the Boise River gold country made that happen. Claims in the Panhandle came first, in 1860. But by September 1863 the Basin had nearly five times the population of the first northern gold towns. After a few years, the solo prospector gave way to investors and speculators. Large scale mining continued another ninety years. In the end, miners would extract over $5 billion (at today's prices) worth of gold out of the region. Later, logging crews came to harvest the area's vast pine forests. But that too eventually waned. Today, recreation, small-scale logging, and specialized mining drive the local economy. In text and vintage photos, Boise River Gold Country tells the story of those early sourdoughs, investors, loggers, and more. Freighters, merchants, doctors, and others also came to build the settlements. Naturally, that brought in a "rough element" to prey on the honest folks. Some of their stories are here too.

Publication Date:
0615624197 / 9780615624198
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6.14" x 9.21"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / State & Local / West

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