The City of McCall/McCall Historical Preservation Commission has created this intriguing video collection of historic photos with commentary providing the history of McCall, Idaho.

Learn how the area that was a summer home for Native American tribes (Nez Perce, Shoshone and Sheepeater) came to be a year-round village – McCall has been a tourist destination since settlement by pioneers – and about the families and movers and shakers who helped it grow into a town and a city: horse races in what became Ponderosa State Park; an amateur baseball team; incorporation in 1911; horse teams used to compact the deep snow on early city streets; The Brown Tie & Lumber Company and influence of the Brown family; the arrival of the railroad in 1914; The Payette Lakes Inn; the arrival of cars (and more tourists, and traffic on Lake Street looking for parking); the first Winter Carnival in 1924; McCall Airport’s beginnings in 1926 and the start of Forest Service smoke jumping in the early 1940s; how the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) helped McCall weather the depression by providing infrastructure and jobs, including development of Little Ski Hill; the filming of Northwest Passage in McCall in 1939.

Well worth 34 minutes of your time to view.

About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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