Stories From Stanley, Idaho

A Step Into the Past

A Step Into the Past

Stanley is filled with little stops and exciting stories. Every building has a past, and this week we are going to talk about the story behind the Stanley Museum. This museum is located directly north of Stanley, right on the bend that leads into Lower Stanley. They are open every day from 11-5, and are run through a wonderful staff from the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Way back in 1933 this building was the local Ranger Station, much like the current Ranger Station south on route 75. Merle Markle and his wife Kathleen built this station to serve as their home and the local Station. They had a great amount of help from the Civilian Conservation Corps as well, and from there on out they lived in this grand, 3 room building. Since then, nine (9) other rangers have lived and worked in this station, using the rooms for different purposes, using different office spaces, but ultimately carrying out the same mission, to protect this area. In 1972, this building housed its last ranger, Tom Kovalicky.


Within this historic building, there are countless historic artifacts that trace back to the early settlers, the miners, of this area. Upon walking in, smiling faces of either the Museum Docent, or the Historic Specialist meet you at the door. Countless books and souvenirs lie out before you, but that is not where it really begins. Walk through to you right, and there are artifacts dating back to the trappers and miners of the area, but also an old Postal Station, cameras, and much more.


Keep walking through the various doorways, and try to take a step back to see how it would be to live in there before. The kitchen is set up in the back, with the plates set up and ready for supper. They rolled the napkins into holders, and placed in neat rows is the silverware. The final room in the museum is the viewing room, where you can watch many different movies about the Sawtooth region, or any other natural aspect about it. On your way back into the kitchen, take another second to glace out the back door, and look at the historic ice house as well. Go on, go check it out! They needed to keep foods nice and cool so they built the ice house, even during the warm summer days. Back in one corner, meat hangs to stay fresh, and the vegetables and other perishables are stored in another corner. This was important during this time period because there were no refrigerators yet! Imagine having to go outside for a midnight snack, instead of just walking into your kitchen! There was also no power into the Stanley Basin until 1954.


The pieces of old farming material right by the parking area give the place a rustic feel, and show how technology has developed over the years to make farming and gathering much easier. The view from the Museum is incredible, so be sure to snap a picture of that before you leave. There is only one last thing to do before you leave! Ring the old school bell out by the flag pole if you enjoyed your experience at the historic Stanley Museum!


Source Url: http://stanleycc.org/a-step-into-the-past/



Featured Local Events

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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