The Blaine County Historical Museum in Hailey, Idaho, has just published A History of Indians in the Sun Valley Area, written by Tony Evans. The book is both an educational project of the museum and a fund-raiser. It is available in local bookstores, museums, and visitor centers and now online.
The story of human habitation in the Sun Valley area began long before European trappers arrived in the early 1800s. Indians had hunted, fished, and lived in the valleys and plains of south central Idaho for thousands of years.
Based on a series of articles in the Idaho Mountain Express, the 58-page book covers the first contact between the Native Americans and white settlers, the Bannock War of 1878, the mining era that brought such monumental changes to the land and culture, and today’s Camas Lily Days Festival in nearby Fairfield.
Generously illustrated with historical photos, A History of Indians in the Sun Valley Area also includes a handsome touring map by Evelyn Phillips, the reproduction of an historical map from 1882, a timeline of key events, and the text of local historical highway markers that help tell the story.