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Custer Days (Land of the Yankee Fork State Park)

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come celebrate the colorful past of Idaho mining towns at the 16th Annual Custer Day!

Volunteers, dressed as pioneers, will greet the public and show off this remarkable ghost town in central Idaho.

Custer is only 13 miles northeast of Stanley. Be ready to learn about the 1870 gold strike on Jordan Creek, which comes alive through stories of the past.

The Gold Panner Association will be in town and will be teaching the skills of gold panning, and the Gem State Fiddlers will delight visitors with their music. Quilting and blacksmithing demonstrations will be given and the Rattlesnake Station Actors from Boise will offer exciting shootouts and even rob a bank.

Foodies will enjoy the Dutch oven cooking, butter churning demonstrations and delicious homemade ice cream. The fascinating museum will be open and the gift shop will offer souvenirs, books, games, cards, candies, “Grandma’s Old & New Recipes” cookbook and beverages.

When in the parking lot, be sure to look over the dredge, purchased by J.R. Simplot in the late 1940s and operated until the gold recovery diminished, around 1952. The dredge dug under the riverbed and is considered the largest self-powered dredge that ever operated in Idaho.

Custer, Land of the Yankee Fork State Park at Stanely, ID
44° 13' 0.0012" N, 114° 56' 16.0008" W

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Contact: Park Staff @ (208) 879 5244 or lan@idpr.idaho.gov