Idaho: Year One

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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.
"Idaho: Year One - The Territory's First Year" is the third book he has published about Idaho history. The first published work, "Boise River Gold Country," recounts the history of the gold towns that sprang up after the fall of 1862 in the mountainous Boise River watershed, northeast of the city of Boise. His second published book, "Before the Spud: Indians, Buckaroos, and Sheepherders in Pioneer Idaho," tells the history of stock raising in Idaho. It covers the period from when the native peoples obtained horses (and became "the first stockmen of Idaho") until about World War I, when stock raising and agriculture overtook mining in economic value to the state.
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. Several "spin-off" writing projects are also being considered, including a work of historical fiction in the planning stage.

Idaho: Year One

The Territory's First Year

Authored by Evan E. Filby

On March 4, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation that created the Territory of Idaho, a geographical monstrosity roughly the size of Texas and Illinois combined. Newspapers across the East acknowledged the event with a short paragraph, buried among equally-brief items about other Congressional actions. A week later, the New York Herald had assembled enough material to publish a map (of sorts) and a longer descriptive article about the new political district. More a celebration of Western expansion, the item contained almost as much mis-information as information. Still, one fact stood out: Idaho had Gold! and perhaps a lot of it. But the Civil War raged and the Territorial birth had to share headlines: Victory in Tennessee? “Piratical Operations” of Rebel privateers a sea. Vicksburg. And More. At first, no one in the West knew even the exact borders. Was Lewiston in or out? A governor and other officials were quickly appointed, but took months to arrive. Who were these men, and what policies would they impose? But more importantly: Where, exactly, could one find gold? How do we get there? What do we take with us? Guidebooks say to be alert and have our guns ready: Are the Indians really that dangerous? Why won’t the Army do something about them? Using published articles and letters from the gold camps, Idaho: Year One, captures the day-by-day excitement and uncertainty as hopeful prospectors poured into the area. Was the latest reported gold strike real, or was it a “humbug” meant to lure in suckers? You could never be sure.

Publication Date:
1492364908 / 9781492364900
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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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