When: Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. 2014
Join local authors, Doug and Phyllis, for a reading and sigining of their book, Merciless Eden. Many sought to carve an existence from the unforgiving wilds of Idaho's Salmon River Canyon, giving their lives in quest of sanctuary from the growing demands of industrial America. All failed until Joe Zaunmiller, a son of German immigrants, marshaled his pioneer skills to share the bounty of the wilderness with others. A restless hellcat from Texas, fleeing the law and an outlaw husband, barges into this Eden on the river to make it her own. Perched on the bleeding edge between civilization and the wild, Campbell's Ferry Ranch witnesses the battle over where America will stop development and preserve this vestige of paradise for generations to come. In the long and fascinating history of the Salmon River land on which Campbell's Ferry sits, men and women have been lured, coaxed and persuaded to claim it and tame it. One by one, these strong, wily and dedicated souls have fallen in love with it, then lost the battle, and sometimes their minds, trying to survive it.