Lynda Campbell Clark

An Idaho Entrepreneur: Colonel William H. Dewey

Idaho’s past is full of colorful events and people, such as Colonel William H. Dewey.  Using photos, Clark presents the story of his life.  He was involved in mining and railroading in Southwest Idaho before the turn of the century. Reckless and flamboyant, Dewey made and lost a fortune at least three times during his lifetime. In 1902, Dewey built the Dewey Palace in Nampa, a quarter-million dollar structure that rose like a castle in the midst of sagebrush desert. The Dewey Palace exemplified the boldness of a man who took advantage of the untamed landscape of the West.