Riggins Area

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Riggins bar was used as a camping area by Nez Perce Indians .  In 1863 Mike Deasy stopped on the bar long enough to find traces of gold on the north end.  He went on to mine at Florence and Warren, but returned a few years later to placer mine, while he wintered his horses on the bar.  Deasy's claim was traded in 1893 to Isaac and Mary Irwin for two horses and a gold watch.  Irwin moved his family of five boys down from Meadows Valley and they built the first house on the bar.  Isaac was a member of the initial state legislature in Boise.



Elk hunting trip above Riggins on the Salmon River October 23, 2003.



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