From phone books to the journals of Lewis and Clark, the Upper Snake River Valley collection houses books that have significance in Eastern Idaho. Titles include “Idaho Chinese Lore,” “Vigilante Days and Ways,” and “Mountain Men of Idaho.”
The Upper Snake River Valley includes Bingham, Bonneville, Jefferson, Madison, Teton, Clark, and Fremont counties in Eastern Idaho.1 The collection does include a few books about other places in the general area, including books about Star Valley, Wyoming, among others.
Interesting facts and stories about the early history of the Snake River Valley:
- Two of the first towns in Eastern Idaho were Market Lake (now Roberts) and Eagle Rock.2
- An early settler, Emory Adams, was a very young boy when his family moved to Idaho. In order to ensure that he wouldn’t run off while his father was working, he would often be tied in a horse stall with a rope. His father says that when he would come back from work, he would often find several Native Americans in the shed playing with his son.2
- One of the first jail breaks in Idaho was done when an inmate’s wife and newborn baby came to visit him in the cell. The wife had hidden a pistol in the baby’s clothes and left it with her husband when she left. When the guard came in to bring the inmates their breakfast, they held him up and locked him in the cell.2
These facts and stories come from an oral history by Emory Adams. To read more of his stories, visit this link. To read even more interesting stories about the cowboys of the west, come to BYU-Idaho and request a book from the Upper Snake River Valley collection!