Bicyclists move through the treetops as they cross a trestle on the Route of the Hiawathas along the Idaho-Montana border. The popular ride takes you through the middle of the 1910 fire burn area. As the forests burned, evacuation trains loaded with people had to move between trestles and tunnels trying to find shelter from the heat and flames.
A storm gathers over the Idaho-Montana border and the Route of the Hiawatha. The Great Fire of 1910 burned this entire forest to the ground as residents tried to flee the flames on trains only to find trestles like the one at bottom of photo burned.
As the 1910 fire raged, trains crammed with residents fleeing tried to dodge between trestles and tunnels on the Milwaukee Road. One person jumped from the train, perishing in the flames, and was later buried by the rail line, now the Route of the Hiawatha. Above, cyclists pass a grave marked by a cross and stones Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010.
Bicyclists approach the end of the Taft Tunnel, the longest of several former railroad tunnels on the Route of the Hiawatha. The tunnel is more than a mile long, dark, wet and spooky, and cyclists seem to love it.
A shuttle bus lights the end of one of the tunnels on the Route of the Hiawatha along the Idaho-Montana border. During the great fire, rescue trains loaded with hundreds of panicked residents of towns like Falcon, Grand Forks and Adair loaded onto trains to try and outrun the fires. They used these tunnels as escape and hiding places from the gale-force winds and flames running hundreds of feet in the air.