The sculptor of Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, was born in St. Charles, Idaho. Ezra Pound, the controversial poet who wrote from an Italian jail, was born in Hailey, Idaho.Tarzan, King of the Apes was written in a Pocatello stationery store while Edgar Rice Burroughs worked—and changed popular culture with his famous character.
Thanks to J.R. Simplot-an Idaho potato king and friend of Ray Kroc, the McDonald’s entrepreneur, the McDonald’s French Fry developed.
I grew up in Owyhee County, Idaho—home of sagebrush, antelope, horned toads, and a multitude of slithery creatures—but more importantly, home to a colorful history and fascinating characters. A fertile ground for a young storyteller’s imagination!
My County is located in the southwest corner of Idaho, bordered by Oregon to the west and Nevada to the south. Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues is set in the southern part. You can read all about it and the other Idaho towns I’ve used as inspiration, on my blog: http://jacquierogers.blogspot.com
My roots are in the Homedale area where Faery Hot Date takes place during 1968 and chronicles the tooth faery’s quest for love. I had a grand time writing about our town, so look for more stories set in that area. A big change since I left Homedale—they now have a stop sign on the main street. http://cityofhomedale.com/Much Ado About Marshals, my July 2011 release, is set in Owyhee County -- there’s lots of good fishing around there. Of course, you have to find a creek before you can fish. It’s a dry country—a high mountain desert. There’s a beautiful old church in Oreana
originally built as a general store. In Much Ado About Marshals, I call the store Gardner’s Mercantile. You can read more about the history of this building at the church’s web page: http://www.stpaulnampa.com/
I can’t discuss Idaho without mentioning Silver City. Today, it’s a sleepy little town but during the 1880s, the era for Much Ado About Marshals, Silver City was a booming, bare-knuckle mining town with saloons and painted ladies, an Indian on the warpath called Big Foot, the cavalry, bank robberies, China Town, the first telephone and electric systems in the northern Rockies, and the oldest newspaper in Idaho. This newspaper has since moved to my hometown but is still called The Owyhee Avalanche. It’s an excellent weekly publication. If you’re a history buff, you might be interested in Looking Back, a column about society in the 1860s and 1870s. Visit http://www.owyheepublishing.com/ to learn more.
I’ve traveled far and wide, and found Idaho one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Whether you prefer mountains, forests or desert, Idaho offers something for everyone. I hope you’ll take the time to visit my inspirational state.
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