Friday, July 20, 2012

Information, please


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

With all the tourists visiting us in the last few weeks, many of us have been asked about the history of our valley. If longtime locals are questioned, they pretty much know the facts. However, if an eager-to-please retail clerk, new to the area, happens to be queried about what happened long ago, the facts can get a little mangled:

"Say, how did Hailey get its name?"

"It was named after Hailey's Comet which was spotted in 1880 by the city fathers and, subsequently, given its name.

"Oh ... and Ketchum?"

"It was named after the 'catch and release' fishing program instituted by a Forest Service front liner named Roma."

"Really? How about Bellevue?"

"The Apaches captured the community bell from this small mining town in 1876. Gen. Armstrong Custer gathered some town vigilantes together, got it back and named the town."

<

"Custer? I thought he fought the Native Americans up north?"

"Yes, he did. He engaged them in the Battle of Trail Creek Road in an area now known as Custer County."

"Well, I'll be damned. I thought he fought Sitting Bull in the Dakotas."

"Sitting Bull was a liar, a bulls... artist, thus, his name."

"Wow, you really know your history! Hey, did Hemingway write any novels when he lived here?"

"Yes. He wrote 'The Old Man and the Ski' while he was visiting here before the war."

"Fascinating. I heard there were a lot of celebrities who vacationed here over the years. Did they make any movies in the area?"

"Oh, my, yes. Hemingway wrote a movie for Gary Cooper called 'High Moon.' Later, it was made again under another name, 'Brokeback Mountain.' Others were 'When Mary Met Sally,' 'I'll Ski Tomorrow' and 'Winless in Seattle,' the story of the Seattle Mariners."

"Gee, I never would have known all this except for meeting you here in the store. Nice talking to you."

Nice talking to you.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.