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Old 02-23-2011, 10:35 AM  
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Some of these untittled photos sure make a person scratch their head. I never knew we ever had Nordic Vikings here in the state!
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:35 PM  
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Some of these untittled photos sure make a person scratch their head. I never knew we ever had Nordic Vikings here in the state!
Astoria got the Norwegians. Idaho got the hermits.

Earl Parrot, the Hermit of Impassable Canyon, located in central Idaho on the remote Middle Fork of the Salmon River. He was a survivor, self-sufficient and a mean ass gold miner.....we know his tale...he would kick your arse for being on his land! ..



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We, as Hermit Sisters of Mary, are seeking God revealed in Jesus Christ and made known in the Catholic Church. We are a Catholic community of Hermit Sisters living in the desert mountains of rural Idaho in the United States. Our home is called ?Marymount Hermitage.? We are not cloistered religious, but our way of life is strictly contemplative.
We live by The Rule of St. Benedict and model our lives after the Desert Fathers of the third century in Egypt. While we have a great respect and love for the ancient traditions of hermits, we also try to respond to the Holy Spirit enabling us to live authentic contemplative lives of prayer in this day and age."


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Doc Hisom

William ?Doc? Hisom of Ada County was legendary loner, homesteader, and story-teller. He mined silver and gold in the canyons south of Melba from the 1890s to the 1940s. His coal-black skin made him a novelty among the white farmers and ranchers. Half-African and half Blackhawk Indian, he lived in a lava rock canyon on the north bank of the Snake River at a place called Halverson Bar. A local newspaper called him ?The Hermit of the Snake River Desert.?
Hisom hailed from Chicago. Born in 1858, he came to Idaho in the 1890s. By 1897, he has settled south of Melba. With partners and friends he built a waterwheel and mining flume near Can-Ada Road, about four miles east of Guffey Bridge. He made tools, tanned hides, crafted leather moccasins and gloves, played banjo and harmonica, flint-knapped authentic looking arrowheads, told stories and philosophized. Good with animals, he also cared for injured horses. One famous friend was the photographer-showman Bob Limbert. Limbert?s photos show Hisom laughing with white friends at time when Jim Crow racial segregation was the norm in many places. Neighbors celebrated Hisom?s 94th birthday in Melba. Soon after, Hisom died and was buried near his homestead. The desert has reclaimed all but the cabin?s foundation. A broken headstone remains.


In Idaho Loners: Hermits, Solitaries, and Individualists, Cort Conley remarks,
?the loner is a cherished figure in the Idaho landscape.?
Doc Hisom can teach about isolationism of the western frontier. Students can study Hisom and others who have become icons of ?rugged individualism,? comparing and contrasting the varying lifestyles and personalities. Cort Conley presents portraits of some well-known local figures including ?Beaver Dick? Richard Leigh; ?Cougar Dave,? Dave Lewis; ?Wheelbarrow Annie,? Clydeus Dunbar; ?Dugout Dick,? Richard Zimmerman; ?Wildhorse Cowgirl,? Helena Schmidt; and ?Buckskin Bill,? Sylvan Hart.
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Earl K. Parrott (1869-1945) was known as ?The Hermit of Impassable Canyon.? He lived in the Salmon River country of Idaho for more than forty years, many of which were spent alone in a remote cabin high above the Middle Fork. A native of Iowa, he appears to have come to Idaho by 1900 and made his living by prospecting, hunting, and farming. His name appears in local records occasionally until the 1920s, after which he appears to have lived a life of seclusion and obscurity as a hermit. He achieved some unwanted publicity in 1936 when Dr. R.G. Frazier of Utah came upon him while part of a boating expedition down the Salmon River. Frazier wrote of his encounter with Parrott in articles published in Field & Stream and the Salt Lake City Deseret News. After that, Parrott was called upon by river rafting expeditions. His brother Allen, of Portland, Oregon, read an excerpt of Frazier?s article printed in the Portland Oregonian. Out of touch with his brother for decades, and unsure if indeed the character Frazier described was his brother, he hired a packer and made the long arduous trip into the Middle Fork country and saw Earl Parrott for the first time since he had come to Idaho forty years before. In 1942 Parrott became ill and left his mountain retreat to live with others. He died in Salmon, Idaho, in 1945. His grave marker records a birth date of 1865, and he gave conflicting figures whenever asked his age, but family records indicate Parrott was born in 1869.

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