NEW YORK TIMES NEW YORK

MAY 23, 1897

A DISASTROUS CLOUDBURST

One of the Garden Spots of Idaho Laid Waste By It

GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO, May 22 A cloudburst has visited the valley of the Salmon River, causing ruin and desolation and laying waste one of the garden spots of Idaho County.  Fruit farms were destroyed and placer-mining industry along the Salmon River and its tributaries suffered severe losses by the carrying away of dams and flumes.  The settlers fled to the hills for safety.  Cattle in the ravines and low lands were drowned and carried by the flood into Salmon River, which became a torrent.

The cloudburst covered a territory along the Salmon from several miles above John Day Creek to White Bird Creek, a distance of about twenty-one miles.

 

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