Road cut into the barren hills which lead into Emmett, Idaho (LOC)

Lee, Russell,, 1903-1986,, photographer.


Road cut into the barren hills which lead into Emmett, Idaho


1941 July


1 transparency : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.




United States--Idaho--Emmett


Format: Transparencies--Color


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 11671-15 (DLC) 93845501


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Call Number: LC-USF35-214



  • Robert Carrier 7y

    That road looks fun. Wonder if it's still there?
  • Zeb Palmer 7y

    it's been rebuilt. there aren't any curves in it anymore. one straight long hill called "freezeout."
  • Robert Carrier 7y

    Well, that's too bad. Thanks for the info.
  • nasck 7y

  • Kevin Tower 7y

    zebthepilot: Isn't this what is referred to as the "old freezeout road" nowadays? The mainline is (for the most part) straight downhill, but I believe the original road still exists. Follow this link to see what I mean.
  • Whitney Idaho 7y

    Yes this road is still there. I've driven down, lots of turns. There is even a yearly race up and down old freeze out.
  • Zeb Palmer 7y

    @all sure.
  • Julie Kindstrom 7y

    As a kid in the 60's our family drove from Boise to Emmett on every-other-Sunday to grandma's house along the old freeze out road. There were birds' nests in the bluffs and a gas station where dad would stop and buy us Cheetos and grape soda. On the way home at night we'd pass by the drive-in movie and I remember seeing Jane Fonda in Barbarella up on the screen.
  • Richard Spiegelman 6y

    The car looks like a 1941 Oldsmobile but I would need more resolution to be sure.
  • sammy07ut 6y

    This picture looks very familiar with the scenes that i saw when i was with a group driving to California for a church conference. The mountainous road really impresses me because it seems like it takes lots of hard work to build roads through mountains. The fact that they were doing this before 1941 impresses me even more.
  • iPacific 5y

    Yes, Old Freezeout still exists. A faster less curvy road is used for most traffic, but you can still take the Old Freezeout route alternate. Like t8rtart I road over it with my grandfolks many times. We preferred to explore the old road with all it's pioneer history. There used to be a monument to pioneers on teh road, but it was moved to Emmett Idaho to preserve it. There were a lot of stories of adventure and outlaws on old freezeout hill from folks in Emmett.
  • Burton 3y

    I f you look to the right and above old freeze out road you will see a cut in the hill side. That is the ramainder of the Old Bayse road which was build to bypass the original steep freeze out road, which went down one of the steep ridges into the valley. Bayse built this road with less of a grade so he could get lumber out of the Payette River Valley, (Emmett-where he had a saw mill) over to Boise. As you drive the 'old freezeout road' you can see the rest of the ramains of the Bayse road as it descends into the valley.

    The original freezeout road was part of the (Tom) Goodale cutoff from the Oregon Trail, in an attempt to shorten the distance from Boise to Payette.
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