John Codman, describing events on August 5 and 6, 1874, Idaho Yesterdays,1976,
v. 19, no. 4, p. 19-20.
gulch (at Carriboo) is away back in the pine forest,and the sight
is very romantic. The placer miners were at their work, and near
by among the trees several log-cabins, tastily decorated with
spruce boughs, and some very spruce young women too, the wives
and daughters of the miners around them."
five hundred feet we came to patches of snow. Above them it was
beautifully green with pines and grass, and just where gold was
"struck," halfway to the summit, there was a great,
wide, grassy lawn,looking as if it had been laid out by a landscape-gardener.
On the edge of this, among the pines, were the huts of the prospectors,
made of bark and pine boughs, and having a very tasty appearance.
on the highest peak of the range, and looked down upon lesser
mountains of snowy summits, and over them all beyond the valleys
near us,into valleys in the far distance, tracing the Snake and
Blackfoot Rivers for at least a hundred miles...The extent was
so great that even the beauties and grandeur of the Yosemite were
eclipsed by the magnificent panorama.
If I was
asked what miners lived upon I should answer, "Whiskey and