August 19, 2010 in Idaho
Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service photo

Patrons gather at a saloon in Grand Forks, circa the summer of 1908. The patrons’ attire and flies on the wall indicate it’s summer, and the electric light on the ceiling indicates a time before a power plant at Taft was shut down in early 1909.

Courtesy Soci photo

Taft, Idaho, circa 1907, was considered one of the most wicked cities in America. Nothing exists there today except a freeway exit.

Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society photo

Grand Forks, Idaho, is seen looking south circa summer 2009. The bustling logging town burned to the ground in the 1910 forest fire that swept through Shoshone County.

Christopher Anderson photo

The 1910 fire destroyed Taft, Mont., which is now an exit off Interstate 90 as drivers head to the Trail of the Hiawatha. Among the few signs of the town’s former life are scattererd piles of railroad ties.