South Fork Revue
Before Settlement
Gold! Rush & Settlement
Stock Raising
Gold Country
Keeping Busy
About Us

"We ... camped at the confluence of a small river and another stream that we had seen recently. Americans call it the Mad River because of its swiftness."
                        Wilson Price Hunt, Sept 27, 1811
Snake River (click for link)
Wilson Price Hunt, of the Pacific Fur Company, recorded the first written description of the Snake River in Wyoming. The team of scouts he sent downriver confirmed his judgement that the canyon was too dangerous for dugout canoes.

The expedition gave up on that route and entered Idaho via Teton Pass. Today, hundreds of adventurous tourists ride Snake River whitewater every season. On a normal weekend, it's possible to see a dozen or more rafts, kayaks, inner tubes, and whatever from any given highway overlook.

We here in Idaho tend to apply the term "South Fork" -- namesake of this Revue -- to the stretch of river between Palisades Dam and its confluence with Henry's Fork, northwest of Rigby. Floating the South Fork is also popular, but the river's real claim to fame is the world class trout fishing it offers. (My wife and I have done a guided trip, by the way, and the river's reputation is well deserved.)

With that as an introduction, we (I, Evan Filby, and my wife) now invite you to explore the remainder of our site. The following pages deal mainly with Idaho history.

Those pages summarize some of the vast amount of information I collected for the books I have written on historical topics. One of those books -- Before the Spud -- I am currently trying to get published by a "traditional" publishing company. The other book -- Boise River Gold Country -- will hopefully be ready in April under the Sourdough Publishing imprint (SOURDOUGH.)

My history blog, the "South Fork Companion" expands some of the material provided on these pages. It also has other features that might be of interest.

Since my wife and I left the corporate world (ABOUT US), we find ourselves every bit as busy as when we had our "day jobs." See the KEEPING BUSY page for some of the other projects that fill our time.

The best part is ... now we are doing the things we want to do, not just the things we have to do. Here we present some what we have learned or observed with all that activity.

Thank you for visiting our web site!