Friday, November 13, 2009

Indian Valley in Pix #2

Ready to continue our tour thru Indian Valley, ID? Good! Today we’ll have a look at the village itself, & also some farmland just south of the village. Enjoy!

A shed at the Indian Valley Trap Club—most of the towns in this area have a shooting club.

The trap club & the community hall

The Indian Valley Community Church—Eberle & I played a wedding there once—with the Adams County Road Department’s Indian Valley shop to the left.

The Indian Valley general store—yes, it’s open for business! This is a real hang-out for the old-time ranchers.

Sheep; cows (the black dots on the ridge); irrigation pipe (the white line at the far end of the sheep pasture); one lone tree; mountains in the distance—not the best of the pix, but it does sum up one very large aspect of the valley.

You do see cattle in the road (along with any number of other creatures ranging from badgers to bears). Adams County has open range laws, which give the cattle some legal standing (so to speak) in the road—many counties in the U.S. west are open range. Of course, it’s one thing to come across cattle on this country road (which has changed from pavement to dirt after we left the little village); it’s another thing to come across them on U.S. Highway 95, with its 65 miles per hour speed limits!

An old homestead, no longer in use. Even when these homesteads eventually fall to wrack & ruin, the surrounding trees are always a tell-tale sign in this generally treeless rangeland. The homesteaders particularly favored locust trees.

An old barn on the same property, & this still is used.

Two horses feeding

Ah, we’ve reached a fork in the road! Ben Ross Reservoir supplies irrigation water to the local ranches, & is also a favorite fishing hole. The road along the Little Weiser River will fork again, with one branch leading to the little village of Ola & the other leading thru some real rangeland & into the hills & eventually down into Emmet, an area that once was known for its orchards. But we have places closer to home to explore for the time being.

As we turn “our rig” around, a shot of sage & bitterbrush growing out of a rocky hillside.

Be sure to check in next Friday as we continue our tour!


  1. this is a wonderful journey through idaho, john, and as such, possibly the closes i will ever get to indian valley. i hope not, but i don't travel much these days!!!

  2. I love these photos. Depth and simplicity.

  3. Hi Jen & Jacqueline

    Jen: So glad you like this. If you ever find yourself in Indian Valley, you'd better give Eberle & me a holler!

    Jacqueline: Thanks a lot--much appreciated.

  4. Loved these, John. So quintessentially American. My faves are the general store and the abandoned homestead. When I see an empty place, I always wonder at it's history. If only walls could talk.

  5. HI Willow: Thanks! The Indian Valley store is really worth seeing!

  6. Wow! It never ceases to amaze me that the older buildings look like movie sets. That General Store looks straight out of an old western to me.
    These are wonderful photos, John and really give me a sense of the interesting environment that surrounds you and Eberle.

    P.S. I think your dad would have enjoyed your photography.

  7. Hi Kat: Thanks--& especially thanks for the comment about my father!

  8. I really like windows on other parts of the world. Sometimes things look so like where we are in the UK (the land behind the 20MPH sign) and sometimes so different (the wooden buildings).

  9. Hi Dominic: Thanks, & yes I feel the same way--really appreciate the photos from the UK & Ireland I get to see at various blog friends' sites.

  10. Oh I definitely think that Amy and I need to come through Indian Valley.


Thanks for stopping by & sharing your thoughts. Please do note, however, that this blog no longer accepts anonymous comments. All comments are moderated. Thanks for your patience.