Centennial to be observed
Just in time for Christmas 1907, the railroad line was completed from Culdesac to Vollmer (now Craigmont). What a Christmas present this must have been to the farmers, merchants, and others of the Camas Prairie.
The December 18, 1907, issue of the Lewiston Evening Teller had this to say about the railroad line reaching Vollmer: “The people of the Nezperce prairie are today celebrating the coming of the railroad by appropriate exercises consisting of addresses by prominent citizens of the prairie country and from Lewiston and music by a band secured for the occasion. The grand finale of the day’s celebration will be a ball given by the people of Vollmer.
“Hundreds of people from all sections of the country are in Vollmer today to celebrate the big event which is the greatest development in the history of the prairie country. The visitors are the guests of the people of Vollmer, and lunch was served at noon at W. L. Masterson’s restaurant for the gentlemen, while a dainty lunch was provided for the ladies in Henderson Bros.’ hall.
“The work train from Culdesac bringing the Lewiston delegation reached here about 7 o’clock this morning, and the party will return in time this afternoon to connect with the Culdesac-Lewiston train.”
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 email@example.com.