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Pefley at age 22 and later | by Trail Image
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Pefley at age 22 and later

Peter Jackson Pefley was a man of some renown, already known to me through studies of the Idaho Constitution. I didn’t expect to encounter him out here. But it turns out this land was part of his ranch. He identified and began work on his Scorpion Mine in 1868.¹

 

Pefley’s primary occupation was as owner of a saddle shop in downtown Boise but his mine did have a few fortunate pockets. “Specimens of wire gold taken from one of these pockets are on exhibition in the Saddlery Company’s window, as is also a gold button worth 90 cents taken from one pound of ore.”²

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¹ Idaho Statesman, “Good Quartz” (March 19, 1868)

² Ibid., “News of the Mines” (June 25, 1895)

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Taken on May 9, 2017