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Avalanches in Mace, Idaho

“Coming without the slightest warning, except for the thunderous roar momentarily preceding the shock, a huge avalanche swept down the precipitous sides of Custer mountain, completely burying the little town of Mace, Idaho, and filling the narrow Burke canyon to a depth of 75 feet, resulting in a toll of more than 20 killed and scores injured.” So began a Feb. 27, 1930, story in The Spokesman-Review, describing events that had occurred exactly two decades prior. Mace was hit again in 1956 by another avalanche resulting in the death of a 10-year-old boy and the destruction of five houses.