1898 Jim Moore Ranch
Frank Church River of No Return (Idaho County)
- Grant: 2018
Location: 831 Selway Road, Kooskia, Id 83539
Jim Moore moved to the Salmon River from Kentucky in 1898. His ranch lies on a northern terrace overlooking the Salmon River approximately 55 miles upriver from Riggins. Moore originally claimed the ground as the Slide Creek Placer claim in 1898. Over a period of fifteen years Moore cleared the bar and constructed nine log buildings and a root cellar with native rock and log cut timber. He irrigated his hay fields and orchard with a flume made of hewn logs that carried water from Slide Creek. Early settlers like Moore developed a lifestyle attuned to the unique climatic and geomorphologic features of the canyon. They subsisted by growing vegetables, raising chickens and hunting. Moore passed in the 1940’s and the site passed through several owners. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and maintained by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.