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1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC’s) was established by 1933 Act and camp was established at Warm Lake (now the Baptist Camp) and continued until WWII. A Warm Lake CCC camp newspaper titled “Chipmunk Chatter” was published Sept. 5, 1933. In the 1930’s the Warm Lake swimming pool was built by the CCC’s on the South Fork of the Salmon River and used hot springs for water. It opened in 1936 (Cascade News). It was closed at the end of 1973 and filled with soil. The CCC’s also built the Warm Lake water system. USFS The Warm Lake CCC camp was designated F-166, Stolle meadows F-163, Cascade F-60, Poverty Flat F-57, and Camp South Fork F-168. Due to severe winters at Warm Lake the CCC’s were entrained to Reno NV winter of 1936-37 and some other winters they were at Camp Gallagher east of Garden Valley.

1933 Rainbow Bridge was completed north of Smiths Ferry.

1933, July 26 William B. “Billy” Rice died in Boise of typoid fever. He was age 16. (Cascade News July 28, 1933) Billy Rice Boy Scout camp and now the beach were named in his honor.

1933 Aug. 10, Mike Popovitch a prospector was shot by Pat Reed (age 19) at the Willey Ranch, on the South Fork. Popovitch was in a drunken rage and insisted Reed drink with him. When Reed resisted, Popovitch took an ax and struck at Reed. Reed who was in bed reached for his gun and fired three shots. Popovitch died Aug. 14 in a Boise hospital after an operation on his bullet-shattered spine. He was buried in Morris Hill cemetery, Boise on Aug. 16. Reward of Rage p131 and Aug. 16, 1933 Idaho Statesman.

1934-1972 Boy Scout Camp Billy Rice operated at the NW part of Warm Lake. The Wm. Ben Rice family paid the lease fee all the years the camp operated in honor of their son Billy who died of typhoid. (This information from Stan Pilcher, Ross Hadfield, & Idaho Mountains Our Home by Cox page 36). The camp was open with 65-70 scouts from Emmett and Nyssa. Scout officials were trying to get CCC’s to help build an assembly hall, outdoor fireplace, and other permanent structures. Cascade News July 19, 1935. July 3,1936 the Cascade News reported the Ore-Ida Boy Scout camp was open at Warm Lake during July and Aug. Camping periods of 10 days rather than the previous 7 days was being used. A new swimming pool is an added attraction at the camp. Note: this must be the Warm Lake plunge.

March 1935 Molly Kesler heard an airplane circling around 11 PM in a snowstorm over Warm Lake. She phoned Cascade and they called Boise to confirm the United Airlines plane was lost. She built a fire on the frozen lake so the pilot could get a bearing on Cascade. Cars lined up to light the runway 1.5 miles east of town. The pilot and one passenger were treated for frostbite since the heater was not working. Nine were on board. The next day the plane was flown to Boise. Cascade News March 29, 1935. Molly thought the plane was a Johnson Flying Service plane and called Johnson but it wasn’t theirs. The next morning one engine wouldn’t start so they drained the oil and heated it on a stove. Don Campbell oral history. The plane was a twin engine Boeing 247.


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