ASHTON - IDAHO

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Population 1100

In 1900, the Union Pacific Railroad brought the railroad into the Upper Snake River Valley. A new town one was named after the Chief Engineer, William Ashton. The Yellowstone Branch, as the new railroad was known, was very unusual in that it was built primarily for passenger service and secondarily for freight.

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1918Main Street 1918

American Dog Derby

The legend goes that a few of the boys were socializing in the barbershop one quiet winter day when Jay Ball, a beloved Ashton businessman, hatched his idea of a dog race after reading about dog races held in Alaska and Canada. The first race was held on March 4, 1917. It was enough of a success that it was promoted and held again the following year. Union Pacific Railroad, always advancing their interests, brought spectators in special trains and by the early twenties, thousands of people thronged the streets of Ashton each February to see musher's and dogs come charging down Main Street. By 1923, 10.000 people came to see the race and the American Dog Derby had captured the imagination of the western world. Newspaper correspondents and newsreel cameramen came from distant cities seeking the inside story of the American Dog Derby. The buildup to and the results were reported in the Americas, in Europe, and elsewhere. Ashton was dubbed, “the best known American town in the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES WE'RE OPEN

The most signs like this and the less cars I've seen as in this street.

 

 

 

Ashton Senior Citizen Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not very Royal anymore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come in ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come in ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahston State Bank

Hardware Furniture

Fleamarket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could have been a theatre?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When should have been the last funeral?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry we're closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ott's Place Bar

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Leaving the bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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