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Saturday, December 29, 2012

#1868 - The Silver Dollar, White Bird, ID - 8/25/2011

White Bird, Idaho, is named for the chief of the Lamátta band of the Nez Perce, a leader in the Battle of White Bird Canyon, where in 1877 the Nez Perce routed the U.S. Army in the opening skirmish of the Nez Perce War.  Although White Bird's resistance continued beyond the surrender of Chief Joseph (attributed with the line "From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever"), the U.S., of course, eventually prevailed, in what an 1877 New York Times editorial described as "On our part, the war was in its origin and motive nothing short of a gigantic blunder and a crime." (1)

In the current town of White Bird, population 91, down the canyon along Old U.S. Highway 95, is the Silver Dollar Cafe and Saloon.  You walk in under a baggie of water hanging over the door, which people believe keeps away flies.  The saloon is in front, where a woman with a beehive hairdo serves strong, cheap drinks.  Through the saloon is the cafe, where locals play cribbage and refresh their coffee at the self-serve stand.  The locals do not immediately cotton to out-of-towners, and it takes a while to find who might eventually warm up to chat with you.  We didn't find out how long the Silver Dollar had been around, but apparently an old version burned down, and this one was rebuilt around 1951.

100 Old US Highway 95 White Bird, ID 83554 - (208) 839-2293
Est. 1952 - Building constructed: 1951?
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