Idaho and Technology

Posted May 22nd, 2007 by

I grew up in the wilds of Idaho. I love the place, the people maybe not so much (OK, I’ll pick and choose the people) but I don’t think people really know how remote some parts of central Idaho are.

Central Idaho is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It’s the largest primitive area in the contiguous United States. Our county has one stoplight, and the next one is 150 miles away. The last hand-crank phone was decommissioned in 1991 in Shoup, a little town about 20 miles from where I lived. The interesting thing is that the road turns into dirt just below Shoup and then dead-ends at Corn Creek. The only way to get past that is to float down the river, ride a horse, or walk.

Pictures of my hometown, as huge as it is. There isn’t much else there. I had to ride the bus into Salmon to go to school, a commute of an hour each way.

Now the reason that I consider this to be quite fortuitous is because if I had a computer and a modem growing up, I would probably have been in jail at some time. I graduated high school in 1991, which puts me at the prime age to be one of the wardialers. Knowing my psychological profile, I was very much on the fast track to being one of the hacker kids. Living in the remoteness of Idaho probably saved me in some way.

Anyway, /me shrugs. =)

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