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Wagon Road days set for July 16, 17

Spears serve as grand marshals

The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road will honor Monty and Brenda Spears as the Clearwater to Elk City Wagon Road Days 25th anniversary grand marshals.

Monty and Brenda Spears were married July 1, 2000, and moved to Harpster Dec. 23, 2003, where they purchased and currently own the Harpster Store and RV Park. Monty was raised in Harpster and is a descendant of the Spears, Rupe and Shearer families. Their Idaho County family history dates back to 1877. Monty and his grandfather, Lloyd Rupe, regularly hunted in the Clearwater Mountains.

Monty is a Navy combat Vietnam veteran. He worked in law enforcement and then owned the Gem State Investigations in Lewiston until 2004. Brenda also worked in law enforcement and was an operations manager at Gem State until 2004.

— The 25th Annual Elk City Wagon Road celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

Saturday, July 16, will start out with the quilt and hooked rug show at 9 a.m. which will run to 1 p.m., at the IOOF Hall.

At 9:30 a.m. the parade lineup will take place with the parade on Main Street at 10:30 a.m.

This year, the Clearwater Baptist Church plans to enter a float that will represent their vacation Bible school program that will be held Aug. 1-5.

“This will depict a submarine and underwater scene that will promote this year’s theme, ‘Submerged: Finding Truth Below The Surface,’” explained volunteer Kristi Loveland. In addition, a Clearwater Meal Site float will also be entered and pulled behind an ATV. “This will represent the Clearwater Meal Center’s community luncheon, held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.”

Following the parade, a gold panning demonstration will take place.

Sirloin burgers will be served for $5 apiece at the Clearwater Grange Hall through 1 p.m.

At noon and running to 1 p.m., an Old-Time Gospel Hour will take place at the Baptist church followed by a variety show and oral history at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, breakfast will be served at the grange hall from 6:30-10:30 a.m.

The Elk City Wagon Road adventure trip is set for 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and leaves from Main Street. This self-guided tour is 48 miles long and runs from Clearwater to Elk City with stops at historical way-stations along the route.

Door prizes will be drawn at 10:30 a.m.; need not be present to win.

Parade entries and vendors are sought; call Susanne Smith at 926-4278.

The Elk City Wagon Road History Museum is celebrating its third year anniversary this month. It is located in the Grange Hall on the Main Street of Clearwater, four miles off Highway 13, between Grangeville and Stites, and will be open for viewing July 16 and 17. The museum tells of the wagon road where supplies were hauled to the gold fields of Newsome, Elk City, Buffalo Hump, and Thunder Mountain regions in the late 1800s and of life around Clearwater and the wagon trail in those years. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Hours will be July 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and July 17, 6:30 a.m. to noon. To stop in at a different time, call Lyle or Sue Smith at 926-4278, or Jim Gribble at 926-4709.


The Wagon Road has been in existence for 130 years Last year with all the devastating fires in the area a part of the road was used for firefighting efforts in the Pilot Knob area. Early in 2016, with a huge landslide on the main road to Elk City making it impassable for many days, a portion of the wagon road was the only way into and out of Elk City. The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road have taken on the task of keeping the road operational.


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