Lynda Campbell Clark

Settling in the Midst of Sagebrush: Life in Early Southwest Idaho

Why did settlers come to Southwest Idaho? What was life like in this isolated sagebrush region? In this slide presentation, Clark examines the factors that made settlement possible in the barren sagebrush desert of southwest Idaho. She also looks at some elements of the early culture of this region. Is the stereotypical image of “Wild West” based in myth or reality? Did early Idaho settlers tolerate drinking, gambling, and prostitution? What influence did women and ethnic groups have in the development of these early towns?