McCall, Idaho. USA (Warren Summit)
November 13, 2002
My uncle, Eldon Vern Chittick, wrote me this e-mail about his
adventures snowmobiling near McCall, Idaho -- one of the spots
his grandparents (cousins, and more) stopped, on their covered
wagon migration from Kansas to Idaho in 1895.
We've snowmobiled around McCall, Idaho about 4 times. This last
year I decided to take some pictures, because this is the area
where the Sanders, Kenworthys and Georges came through via covered
wagon train in the middle of July, 1895.
Warren Summit, snow anyone?
Warren Summit is just 5 miles east of the logging village
of Warren, which is 25 miles due north of Payette lake and
McCall. In 1895, McCall didn't exist, I guess, but the lake
did. They came over this summit from the road on the right
on their way west to Bergdorf Hotsprings, which is about 15
miles west of the summit. They had just come up from the south
at Payette Lake. Close-up of the sign...they came from the
right, from South Fork G. S...10 miles.
This place used to be a favorite gathering place for the
Indians in the 1800's. Anyway, our family stopped here for
a day or so, before heading north to Grangeville and Kamiah.
Interesting, It may have been the only bath they all had taken
for weeks. Ha !!!
So there it is. Hope you can figure out a way to use these
pictures and my explanation. EC
The "old" hotel
These two cabins, left front, were built and used sometime in
the late 1890's, according to the current owners, so they were
probably there when our family came through here. They're condemned
and unoccupied now and have been for years
This is the old "Hotel"...same vintage...currently
not used, but present owners of property evidently are thinking
of refurbishing it to be used as a B & B during the summer
Current Office Building
Current Office building along side the hotsprings pool.
I think they charge $2.00 per person.
The "Pool"...temp about 101 degrees. On the
far right of the picture you can just see the slanted
metal roof, about 8 feet tall, extending toward the pool.
Under that is the really hot pool, about 6 feet square.
It runs about 112 degrees consistently........ almost
unbearable.... and it's been running out of the ground
that way for over 150 years, according to the owners.
Read about Eldon's grandmother, mine and denny's great-grandmother,
and a vacation trip her and her family took in a covered
wagon in the late 19th century.