Kathy Deinhardt Hill is a retired teacher living in McCall. Raised in northern Idaho, she received her B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. Since her first trip down the Salmon River in 1989, she has focused her attention on the history of Idaho. Hill has published several books.
Hanged is a collection of stories detailing the lives and crimes of the twenty-six men who faced Idaho's justice system and were given the ultimate penalty - death by hanging. The lives of these desperate men, including how they came to Idaho, what they did while they were here, and what drove them to their crimes will be the focus of the presentation. Pictures, newspaper headlines, trial and prison records will also be a part of the presentation.
The wild and rugged Salmon River Canyon has been home to a variety of people, from outlaws to miners, trappers to homesteaders. For some, the Salmon River truly became the “River of No Return,” as they died and were buried along its edge. In her presentation, Kathy Deinhardt Hill relates the stories of thirty-five of those whose marked gravesites can be found along the river from North Fork to White Bird. She describes the details of their lives, including what drew them to the Salmon River, what made them stay, and what caused their deaths in the rugged Idaho Wilderness. In addition to the biographical vignettes of each individual, the slide presentation also features the unique grave markers that can be found along the river.