This photo, from 1925, shows a car following a temporary plank road leading to the Dickensheet Bridge. Note the spare tire cover proclaiming Priest Lake Idaho. I’m not sure what is going on in this photo, but this may be the railroad bridge the car is crossing. In any case, the bridge is not yet set up for cars.
Lalia Boone doesn’t tell us why it was named Dickensheet in her otherwise thorough Idaho Place Names book. We can surmise it was probably in honor of someone named Dickensheet.
Today, if you cross the bridge over Priest River on Dickensheet Highway, you are probably on your way to either Coolin or Priest Lake State Park. The Dickensheet Unit of Priest Lake State Park is on your right just after you’ve crossed the bridge. The park unit has a small campground with fishing access to the river.
The old railroad bridge that once served trains, most often pulling carloads of logs, serves ATVs, motorbikes, and snowmobiles alongside the highway bridge.
The photo is from the Mike Fritz Collection.