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Moose and Mickey, by then good friends, moved on to working claims around bustling Idaho City when there was nothing more to be found on the flats here.

 

“In all the glamor and violent living of the mining camp there were no more popular men than Moose and Mickey. They played for nightly dances in the biggest saloon; they fiddled for themselves during the noon hour, and in the evening when their work was done and there was no crowd clamoring for their music, they fiddled for the sunset, the first peeping stars, and the sheer joy of fiddling.”¹

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¹ Idaho Statesman, “Three Fiddler’s Ghosts” (21 October 1934)

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Taken on November 8, 2015