The Crazy Reason Idaho Is Full Of Underground Hermit Caves Will Surprise You
If there’s one thing you learn by researching Idaho’s history, it’s that the Gem State was founded on stamina, sweat, and vision. The sheer desire to carve a living out of the landscape dates much further back than the Gold Rush. The remnants of the men and women who helped form the state we know and love today left their mark on history and on the landscape itself, often literally. Wagon ruts, petroglyphs, and ruins dotting the state are all unique places to explore, offering glimpses into the past that can’t be found in history books.
One such place is perhaps the most overlooked of all, but it’s hidden away in the heart of one of Idaho’s most historic regions: the Salmon River Valley, birthplace of Sacajawea and landmark town for the Corps of Discovery. Here, you’ll find the remnants of a cave system that is fascinating, to say the least – and few people know about it. These caves tell the story of Dugout Dick: the Salmon River Cave Man.
Talk about one of the most interesting characters and interpretive areas in Idaho! Have you ever visited this site or heard the stories about Dugout Dick? What did you think?
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What are some things to do in Salmon, Idaho?
Salmon is a vibrant small town at the edge of some of Idaho's most vast and rugged wilderness. As the town where Lewis and Clark crossed into Idaho, the Salmon River Valley is full of historic places and wild, untamed beauty that captures the heart of the Wild West as it once was. There are countless things to see and do in Salmon, Idaho, including:
- Lemhi County Historical Museum
- Salmon River Scenic Byway
- Sacajawea Historic Byway
- Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway
- Salmon River - the "River of No Return"
- Gilmore, Leesburg, and Shoup Ghost Towns
- Nicholia Charcoal Kilns
- The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center
- Tower Rock
- Lost Trail Ski Area
- Dugout Dick Memorial
What is the most unique town in Idaho?
Wallace, Idaho often tops list for being one of the most unique small towns in Idaho due to its fantastic history, numerous quirky festivals, and vibrant landmarks. In fact, its official distinction as the "Center of the Universe" is just the start of everything this fun little town has to offer!
Although the lineup changes regularly, here are a few of Wallace's annual festivals and celebrations:
- Fall for History Festival
- Center of the Universe Celebration
- Wallace Home Town Christmas
- New Year's Eve Torch Light Parade
- Mountain Brewfest
- Jackass Day
- Depot Day
- Wallace Huckleberry Festival
- Gyro Days/Lead Creek Derby
- Idaho Statehood Day
- Mountain Archery Fest
- Art n' Garden Days
- Wallace Jeep and ATV Jamboree
- Under the Freeway Flea Market
- Wallace Extreme Ski Jor
The small town of Wallace is also BIG on history, and is home to a number of historic buildings. Actually, the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places! The large number of original and still-standing 19th Century buildings gives Wallace one of the largest concentrations of Victorian commercial architecture in the entire state of Idaho.
- Oasis Bordello Museum
- Wallace District Mining Museum
- Barnard-Stockbridge Museum
- Northern Pacific Depot Museum
- Sierra Silver Mine
- Wallace Central Business District
- Pulaski Tunnel Trail
- Wallace Historic Heritage Trail