Merciless Eden, by Doug Tims, tells the story of the pioneers, good people and shady characters who carved out homesteads and lifestyles along Idaho's wild Salmon River.
If you've floated down the Main Salmon River you've seen Campbell's Ferry on the river maps, and you may have stopped for a visit.
The book reveals the history of Campbell's Ferry and the true story behind its most famous resident, Frances Zaunmiller.
It also covers the history of the surrounding wilderness lands and the battles to protect them.
Doug Tims, CEO of Maravia Rafts and Cascade Outfitters, was also a river outfitter on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and Selway Rivers.
Doug and his wife Phyllis bought the Campbell's Ferry Ranch and have spent years lovingly caretaking the property and recording its history.
It took hardy,resourceful (and perhaps a tad crazy) people to settle in this huge wilderness area.
Doug has done a great job of capturing the people and the place. If you like tales of rivers, wildness and colorful characters, you'll love this book.
Author: Doug Tims
Size: 6" x 9"