Elk City Wagon Road Days starts Saturday
Clearwater-Elk City Wagon Road Days recently announced Delores (Straw) Heimgartner will be the parade grand marshal for this year’s celebration, July 18 and 19.
She is a longtime area resident who lived in Clearwater from 1947-1967 and then at Cherry Lanes, Idaho, where she and Leslie Heimgartner lived for 25 years. Some of her family still lives in the Clearwater area. She presently resides at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Heimgartner will lead the Wagon Road Days parade on July 18 in Clearwater. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., with lineup at 9:30 a.m., on the south end of Main Street in Clearwater. Anyone can join the parade, no entry fee. Kids, horses (no stallions), old equipment, antique cars, buggies and whatever else participants would like to show off are invited. Parade entrants will be provided lunch.
The Wagon Road Museum, two years old, will also be open all day. There is also a quilt show, history and variety show, gospel hour, gold panning demonstration, square dance performance, food service and vendors. Vendors are always needed. Set up shop along Main Street beginning at 9 a.m., no fee.
On Sunday, July 19, a guided adventure trip down the old wagon road to Elk City leaves Clearwater at 8:15 a.m., with breakfast at the grange hall, available beginning at 6:30 a.m. This is a 48-mile trip through primitive road; no RVs or oversized vehicles. There will be hosts at various station sites along the way.
Two rifles and one quilt are being raffled and the drawing will be on the 19th, 10:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall. Do not need to be present to win. The quilt is handmade by committee member, Sue Smith. The rifles are a Savage 270 and a Savage 223. Tickets will be sold in the area through July 18.
Construction on the Elk City Wagon Road began in 1894 and was declared officially completed July 15, 1895. Prior to this all travel to the gold fields was by way of the old South Nez Perce Trail. Beginning at Harpster, the road extends 53 miles to Elk City through the Clearwater Mountains of the Nez Perce National Forest. The first gold miners from Pierce used the trail to reach the Elk City area gold fields in 1861. By 1896 way stations were established along the wagon road to serve the minors, freighters, and other passenger traffic.
GRANGEVILLE Warm, windy weather and a full crowd greeted brothers band Thorn Creek Express last Thursday night at Pioneer Park. The event was the first in the annual Thursday night concert series. Programs will run through July 30.
“Thanks so much for supporting this and for your donations which will continue to support this,” Grangeville Arts, Inc., volunteer Rachel Young waved her hand across the crowd of more than 250 people who showed up for the season’s first event.
The second in the series will continue July 16 at 6 p.m.
Daniel Mark Faller and the Working Poor are an alternative/Americana/folk band based in the Quad Cities area of Washington and Idaho.
“These guys were around when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show,” according to their Facebook page. “We were kids in the 1960s and absorbed all the great songs and artists of those great years that, quite honestly, will never be repeated.”
Daniel Mark Faller is the leader of the Working Poor; Mark Snodgrass of Moscow is the bass player and sings background vocals and a few lead vocal parts; Cris Peterson of Moscow plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and sings background and a few lead vocals; Brian Davies plays pedal steel guitar; and Doug Lopes plays drums and sings background for the band.
Upcoming concerts include Shook Twins July 23 with Indie folk pop, out of Portland, Ore. The final concert, July 30, will be Kathryn Claire and Don Henson, also from Portland, with fiddle/guitar/percussion and original song vocals.
All performances will be held at the Grangeville Pioneer Park at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
The concert series is sponsored by Grangeville Chamber of Commerce and Grangeville Arts, Inc. Performances are free to the public; however, donations are accepted for all performances to help offset costs.