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Falconberry Ranch Pictures - 2003
 

All of the following photographs of Falconberry Ranch were provided by George Cole, a member of the Idaho Alpine Club. The first two pictures, taken in August of 1991, are taken from a hill looking down into the valley where the ranch is located. The rest of the pictures were taken in July, 2003, when Mr. Cole led a group of hikers past the ranch.

Unfortunately, two weeks after the pictures were taken in July, 2003, a wildfire swept through the region torching over 24,500 acres of wilderness. I was able to obtain pictures of the fire from officials at the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

I am appreciative of Mr. Cole's offer to take these photos and his generosity in allowing us to get a glimpse of the ranch that Rupert Falconberry called home for so many years and which bears his name. God was smiling on us to allow these images to be taken so soon before they were destroyed.

Mr Cole also maintains a web site that you may want to take a look at: Idaho Falls Youth Hockey Association.

Thanks to recent donations, you can now see pictures of the ranch taken in 1955 and 1979 when it was still a working ranch.

August, 1991

Traveling south above Loon Creek toward Falconberry Ranch. This group of hikers is traveling southward above Loon Creek which runs through the valley toward Falconberry Ranch in the distance.
The valley floor where Falconberry Ranch is situated in the distance Some of the outbuildings of Falconberry Ranch can be seen where the floor of the valley disappears behind the trees on the left side of the picture. Falconberry airstrip is the narrow, flat stretch of land between Loon Creek and the base of the hill on the right side of the photograph.

July, 2003

Looking south toward Falconberry Ranch. Approaching Falconberry Ranch from the north, this view looks south toward the cabin areas. The southern end of the old landing strip is visible on the right side of the photo. An old tennis court is barely visible on the left just before the cabins.
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Remnants of old tennis court and guest cabins. This is a closer view of the crumbling tennis court and, just beyond it, an outhouse, root cellar and the guest cabins.
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This is a different angle of the tennis court and guest cabins. This is the first of three views of the cabins and the lodge/dining hall. The cabins appear to be at the base of the mountain rising up behind them but Loon Creek actually runs between them serving as a barrier.
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Picture two is a closer look at the cabins and lodge. Picture two is a closer look at the four cabins and lodge of Falconberry Ranch.
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This picture shows greater detail of some of the cabins and the lodge. The third picture shows great details of the buildings particularly in the 1600x1200 size. It appears that most of the roofing has been removed to discourage habitation in the structures.
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Root cellar This is the root cellar.
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View of the back of the guest cabins. A view of the back of the guest cabins. Loon Creek is located at the bottom of the slope to the left of the picture.
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These cabins are just to the south of the main guest cabins. These cabins are located at the bottom of a slope just to the south of the lodge and main guest cabins. Loon Creek cuts around a corner near the right edge of the photo, just beyond the cabins.
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The ranch's maintenance buildings as seen from the main cabins. Across the field from the cabins and lodge are other buildings used for maintenance, equipment storage and other ranch uses.
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A Fordson tractor, Cletrac Caterpillar bulldozer and maintenance buildings. This is a close-up view of an old Fordson tractor, a Cletrac Caterpillar bulldozer and some of the maintenance buildings.
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Looking south toward Loon Creek, the tack shed can be seen to the far right. Taken from the top of the slope near the lodge, this picture shows the meadow leading to Loon Creek. To the far right, at the edge of the water, stands the tack shed.
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The tack shed and the remnants of an old barn which has collapsed into the creek. This is a closer look at the tack shed. To the right of the shed are the remains of an old barn which has collapsed into the creek.
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Looking north across Loon Creek toward Falconberry Ranch. This picture was taken from the far side of Loon Creek looking northward toward the main buildings of the ranch.
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This appears to be part of an old mower. This appears to be part of an old mower.
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An old plow This appears to be an old, discarded plow.
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Another view of the plow. This view may be a different angle of the same plow.
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An old hay rake. This picture appears to be of an old-time sulky rake used to rake hay.
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If you know what this is, please let me know. I have no idea what this may be.
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If you know what this is, please let me know. I don't know what this is either.
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This concrete slab may have been the foundation for a water tank. The inscription "M.H. 1958" appears on this concrete slab. It is believed to be the foundation at one time for a water tank for the ranch.
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Looking north toward the bridge over Loon Creek. A bridge runs across Loon Creek to the south of Falconberry Ranch. This view of the bridge faces north with Bruce Wickham, a friend of George Cole's, in the foreground.
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U.S. Forestry Service Falconberry Guard Station. About one-quarter mile south of the ranch's guest cabins is the United States Forestry Service's Falconberry Guard Station.
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A closer view of Falconberry Guard Station. The guard station is situated on the west side of Loon Creek.
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This sign points the way to Ned's Creek. Ned's Creek may be named after Ned Falconberry. "Ned" may be one of several nicknames that Lynn Falconberry seems to have had.
Ned's Creek is a few miles NNW of Falconberry Ranch. Ned's Creek is located about 6 3/4 miles NNW of the ranch (about 8.4 miles by trail).
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Falconberry Peak is the tallest point in the background. Falconberry Peak is located due North of the ranch.
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Falconberry Peak. Falconberry Peak is the tallest point in the background, just to the right of center.
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