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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 46° 22.449 W 116° 40.219
11T E 525355 N 5135672
Quick Description: Culdesac history sign in Culdesac.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/17/2011 4:44:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMAHMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
Views: 4

Long Description:
Culdesac history sign in city park on main street of Culdesac.
Marker Name: Culdesac

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
In 1863 this area was a “Shebeen” (outlaw headquarters) and murder and robbery of travelers were common place. This valley was on the main and original Nez Perce Trail leading into Montana through Elk City. Homesteaders moved into the fertile valley and by 1900 two towns were growing. One called Culdesac located at the end of the railroad terminal and the other at the east end of the valley called Mellen. The citizens of both towns applied for a post office under the one name of Cul-de-sac. The post office was granted, but the department suggested the people adopt the name Magnolia. This stood until through a citizens petition the post office was renamed Culdesac. In 1903 the towns consolidated and adopted the name Culdesac. With a population of 400 the town grew rapidly, boasting all of the businesses of a larger town. A number of fires over the years burned out complete town blocks and greatly damaged growth. However, a school, businesses and homes have been re-built, and farming is now the chief industry.

County: Nez Perce

City: Culdesac

Date Dedicated: 1996

Group Responsible for Placement: Town of Culdesac

Marker Number: None

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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