Bill Timm was a scholar, miner, politician, adventurer, postmaster in the town of Roosevelt. Assayer for the US Assay Office. Those who knew him describe him as a man who loved his solitude almost as much as he loved Idaho's mountains. Especially Thunder Mountain.
He rubbed elbows with the likes of President Herbert Hoover. In fact, they graduated from Stanford University the same year from the same class. Each earning their degrees in mining engineering.
Bill Timm also personally hand built the only remaining cabin in what is now the ghost town of Roosevelt, Idaho.
Jack Walker, a personal friend of Bill Timm, visited Bill Timm at the cabin often when he was just learning about mining in the 1940s. Jack Walker says "Bill Timm taught me everything I know about mining".
Bill Timm died in the early 1950s, but not before selling the cabin and claim to Jack.
Walker says Bill Timm told him that the cabin he sold him was built in the summer of 1903 when Timm was most active at Thunder Mountain.
Walker worked the claim intermittently for six decades. Walker has since returned the claim to Forest Service ownership, citing his age and health as reason for giving up the claim.
However, the documents below shows that the Forest Service decided a long time ago that it wanted to run Jack Walker out of town, and burn down the last remaining cabin from the Thunder Mountain Gold Rush era. Even if it meant violating federal laws to do so.
Roosevelt Lake History
The official USFS archaeological report, required to comply with the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA 1966), states the following:
1) [Falsely] The cabin was built in 1969, therefore is not eligible for entry into the National Register of Historical Places and will be destroyed (by USFS rangers).
2) [Falsely] The man who built it, Bill Timm, who died in 1953, reportedly did not build his cabin until 1969!
3) [Correctly] Shows a picture of Bill Timm (as a VERY old man) posing for a newspaper reporter in front of his cabin that he built, dated 1949!!!
According to people who knew Bill Timms, he would have been in his 80s in 1950.
The USFS account that he was able to build the cabin anywhere near 1969 is simply OUTRAGEOUS!
Thunder Mountain History
(Bill Timm center photo)
Note: Below, Bill Timm is listed as an assayer. According to witnesses, Bill Timm was a historical figure in Roosevelt to include an assayer at the assay office, and may have worked at the post office.
Picture of Bill Timm in front of cabin, circa 1949 from the Stibnite Miner
Death Warrant for Bill Timm's Cabin, Signed PNF
Falsified Payette National Forest Report?
AFTER CONCLUSIVELY DISTORTING THE FACTS TO DESTROY AN HISTORIC CABIN, HERE IS THE OFFICIAL DEATH WARRANT! RUBBER STAMPED BY THE IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY!
Note: According to Krassel District Ranger Anthony Botello, the USFS directives require the Payette National Forest to "reduce our inventory" of historical structures. I.E., BURN BABY BURN!!!! Apparently through any means necessary, and without regard for the Antiquities Act, National Historical Preservation Act, or the will of the American people!
Video of building on private property unlawfully burned by Payette National Forest here:
The living quarters for the second power plant power plant at Stibnite, it was reportedly constructed at Sugar Creek during 1929-1930, also by George Worthington and Lloyd C. White. It was located on private property. I witnessed Payette National Forest rangers unlawfully enter onto private land and destroy this historical building, already listed on the National Register of Historical Places. I asked the property owner why he did not press charges. He stated that it would not bring the building back, and that he was afraid of further actions the rangers would take against him if he spoke out. Multiple private property owners have lost private property at the hands of USFS rangers. In the case of the bunkhouse on Thunder Mountain, PNF forest rangers reportedly told the property owner it burned because it was "struck by lightning" in November. A witness says he saw a Payette National Forest ranger that he recognised plus another person riding snowmobiles leaving the site of the burning building on private land.
Historical Stibnite Photos: http://tinyurl.com/HISTORICAL-STIBNITE-PHOTOS
Get involved! Call the Payette National Forest at 208-634-0700 and tell them NOT to burn Bill Timm's cabin, an important piece of history!!
ROOSEVELT, IDAHO: BRIEF HISTORY
More information on Roosevelt here: http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yptimes/page13.html
The ghost town of Roosevelt is a testament that the mountaineers of Thunder Mountain loved Teddy Roosevelt so much they thought their beautiful town should bear his name.