With my inner child calling me again, I've gone back to the work digitizing photographs and transcribing letters from the earliest years of my memory. In that process I posted on Facebook the following photo for Mother's Day:
|Easter Sunday, April 2, 1961. Birch Creek near Salmon, Idaho|
Thursday, April 6, 1961 . . . . We had a very happy Easter. We thought you might like to see the pictures we took. . . . After lunch, we stacked the dishes in the sink and took off. We went about half way to Salmon to see some Indian writings on the cliffs. We hiked around for awhile and really enjoyed it. Coming back, we saw seven antelope. We stopped to watch them and they ran across the road just about ten feet in front of the car. Naturally we’d used up all our film, but it was really a thrill to see them anyway.So, I have a date, but only a proximate location for these Indian pictographs. I did an extensive Google Images search in all variations of Idaho Indian rock writings/pictographs/petroglyphs and haven't come up with any matches. There are certainly some similar ones in the area, though. And it could be that these ancient drawings may not have survived the fifty years since the photos were taken. The fact that my Mom and two little kids could easily access them indicates that anyone could have, including vandals who may disrespect ancient graffiti as they engage in their own.
I called my dad and he couldn't remember, but I think when I show him these pictures it may jog his memory and something may even come to him in the meantime. But it is nice to get the date and a description of the outing from the contemporaneous letter.
Here's one more photo in case anyone out there can help identify this location:
|Indian Art and Me. Easter, 1961|
October 4, 2012
We have a match! Thank you Anonymous below for identifying the location of the pictographs. I did a Google search and found the same panel from the first picture above. One more miracle of the internet!
I only add that as the land below is identified as private land, please respect and check with the land owner if you wish access to the site.
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