YANKEE FORK GOLD DREDGE
The dredge was brought in by the Snake River Mining Company in 1940 to mechanically recover gold left behind by early prospectors. The Gold Dredge operated for about twelve years. There is huge mounds of gravel and rock alongside the road that you drive to where the dredge currently rests. The dredge recovered an estimated $1,200,000 in gold. The Yankee Fork Gold Dredge remains the largest self-powered dredge ever to operate in Idaho.
GUESS WHAT WE FOUND ON OUR WAY TO CUSTER?
Couldn't help ourselves, we saw a perfect spot. Ray's first and second casts hooked fish. The sunk was off...at least for Ray. Unfortunately, the camera was in the car. It started raining and fish were jumping but not biting.
WELCOME TO CUSTER (excerpts about Custer)
Custer, was founded in early 1879 by speculators who laid the town out right below the General Custer mill site. During the 1880's it was second in importance to nearby Bonanza, reaching a peak population of only 300. In the 1890's however, Custer superseded Bonanza as the most important town of the Yankee Fork. Economically supported by the operations of the Lucky Boy and Black mines, Custer reached its peak population of 600 in 1896.
BONANZA CITY CEMETERY
Bonanza was established in 1876. By 1881, it's population was 600. The town was established in a grid fashion and had tree lined main street. When you drive up to Bonanza, you notice there is not much left of the town. Bonanza has only two remaining buildings. But a half-mile drive up the hill behind Bonanza is the cemetery and well worth a stop.
One person buried here is Agnes "Lizzie" King who ran Bonanza's Arcade Saloon and Yankee Fork Dance Hall. She is buried between her two husbands. Lizzie and her second husband were mysteriously murdered just a week after their wedding. Following that tragic event, the original founder of Bonanza City, Charles Franklin, was found dead, clutching a gold locket containing Lizzie's photo.
On top of hill is a large tombstone that had a masonic emblem decorating the stone. The man was only 41 years old.