It’s ephemera month at Speaking of Idaho. I’m writing a few little blurbs about some interesting ephemera I’ve collected over the years. Often there’s little or no historic value to the pieces, but each one tells a story.
The top postcard depicts Idaho’s highest point. I’m not sure when the postcard was produced, but I know it was before 1934. That’s because the card shows Hyndman Peak. That peak, named after the superintendent of the Silver King Mine in Sawtooth City, Major William Hyndman, was thought to be Idaho’s highest mountain at 12,009 feet, until the U.S. Geological Survey found that an unnamed mountain in the Lost River Range was higher. USGS named it Mt. Borah in honor of then US Senator William E. Borah. The second postcard gets it right. Naming a mountain for a living person isn’t something that would be done today, even though Borah had already served as a senator from Idaho for 27 years. Mount Borah tops Hyndman Peak by more than 600 feet at 12, 662 feet.
Borah lived long enough after the mountain was named for him to run for a presidential nomination a couple of times before he died in office in 1940.