The month of May is Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. The historic P&IN Railway Depot and Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) will host an event Monday, May 7th at 7 p.m. in the Freight Room on the south side of the depot. The topic of the evenings presentation will be about the history of Florence, Idaho by Steve Armstrong, U.S. Forest Service, Salmon River Ranger District.
In 1861 gold was discovered in the small creeks and gulches in the Florence Basin. Soon, miners began coming into the area and what had started as a small tent city of a few dozen residents grew into a rough and tough, bustling city of 9,000 within a year’s time. The “boom” eventually lead to the establishment of the Summit Creek Mining District. Along the way, several colorful characters also spent time in Florence including Henry Plummer, Henry J. “Cherokee Bob” Talbotte, Red-Headed Cynthia and Orlando “Rube” Robbins. This presentation will explore the history of Florence during its rise and fall during the Civil War time period of pre-territorial Idaho.
The presentation is made possible by the Idaho State Historical Society.