They say one person’s junk is another’s treasure. Archeologists of
future millennia should have a field day sifting through the midden of
our modern society. Humans seem to leave calling cards wherever they
Here are some Idaho mountain summit artifacts left by those of two or
three generations back.
L to R: WHISKEY PEAK el 11154′ Boulder Mtns. This pre-prohibition
whiskey bottle was left by some reveler high on this mountain. The
summit view is north to Castle Peak, 9/1993.
LEATHERMAN PEAK el
12228′ Lost River Range The coffee can worked well to house a summit
register-until it rusted out. This one may have been placed by Wm.
McIntyre of Twin Falls in the mid 1950’s….and look at that wooden ice
axe! View north to Borah Peak, 9/1984. HOODOO PEAK (aka WCP3) el 10588′
White Cloud Peaks This summit sardine can dates from the early
Since the beer can’s introduction in 1935, mountains have provided an
artistic theme. The draw seemed to be recreation and pure water. Here
are some brands from the ’30’s to the ’50’s featuring western US
mountains. Cone tops, shown on the top row, are sought after items by
collectors. Bohemian Club, brewed in Boise, was a favorite of WWII era
beer drinkers. Tons of these could once be found in the Mount McCaleb
dump, Mackay. The Sun Valley can, brewed in Pocatello, is scarce. But
keep exploring. You never know what’s over the next hill.
All material courtesy Rick Baugher, 4/23/07.
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