Centennial to be observed
After many years of waiting, the railroad line was finally completed in 1907 from Culdesac to Vollmer (now Craigmont), and everyone was glad to see it arrive.
The December 16, 1907, issue of the Lewiston Morning Tribune carried the following article: “The Northern Pacific track laying crew did not rest yesterday as was expected, but continued work with the full force all day and completed the track into town this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. The crew was met at the depot grounds by a large and enthusiastic crowd of citizens of this place, and a big crowd of Nezperce people who came over to witness the completion of the line to Vollmer.
“The people are feeling very jubilant over the arrival of the road, and the big crowd lingered about the grounds for some time watching the crew at their work. The work of putting in the side tracks will be commenced in the morning, and the train will bring up the construction equipment and boarding cars from Reubens, and headquarters will be established here for the crew till the Lawyer’s canyon bridge is built.
“The track is now within about 100 yards of the depot site and will be finished to this point as soon as a small culvert can be put in so the train can cross over.
“Arrangements for the rousing celebration to be held Wednesday over the advent of the road are fast being completed, and all details of the program will be settled tomorrow or Tuesday.”
The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society is planning to celebrate this historic event with an open house on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00 till 4:00 p.m. at the Craigmont Community Hall. There will be railroad displays, and a new book, High Line of the Camas Prairie Railroad, will be available for sale. For more information, please contact the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society, Box 61, Craigmont, Idaho 83523, or call 208-924-5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.