pilot is featured
“The backcountry of west central Idaho and eastern Oregon has some of the better winter and spring flying opportunities found anywhere in the Northwest,” writes historian and backcountry pilot Richard Holm, Jr. He has recently compiled and published a comprehensive history of more than forty of the isolated airstrips in the Wallowa Mountains (Eagle Cap Wilderness), the middle Snake River (Hells Canyon Dam to Cache Creek), and the lower Salmon River (American Bar to the Snake River). He will present his work at the Annual Fall Lecture Series this Thursday at 7:00 p.m., at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.
Combined with the history of each individual location are interesting stories related to homesteaders, ranchers, runway owners, hunters, river rafters, jet boaters, hikers, pilots, and airplanes. His first brush with the subject began when he wrote an article about the Army Air Force Douglas B-23 that crashed in January 1943 on the shore of Loon Lake. Then he became involved in experiencing the backcountry on foot and as a commercial and private pilot. Now his findings are featured in two books: “Bound for the Backcountry” Vols. I & II.
This is the second lecture in the 15th Annual Fall Lecture Series presented by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region. Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and each event includes a Q&A session with the presenter. Light refreshments are provided. All lectures are FREE.
These lectures are made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council. The events are held in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho. For further information on the Lecture Series, contact the Museum at 208-962-2054.