Mommy Dearest at Brodh2o listed ways she knew she was from Athol, Idaho. She got the idea from Shinie at I Guess This Is Really Growing Up, who did her list on Coeur d'Alene. The assignment for my siblings this week is to write a similar list about Kellogg. Their lists are here and here.
Because I am 8 and 9 years younger than my siblings, it is interesting the things that were around for them to remember, but not me.
Let me know if anything on my list sounds familiar.
1. Bought Candy at Swanson’s Store, a.k.a. the “Little Blue Store” or “Mina’s”.
2. Parked with your boyfriend or girlfriend up Vergobbi Gulch or Ross Ranch.
3. Walked “The Trail” up to Kellogg High School, then past the school and up to the reservoir.
4. You know that “Lead Creek” is the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, and going “Up the River” means going to the North Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River. You could swim up the river. You couldn’t swim in Lead Creek. (And that’s pronounced crik, not creeeeek.)
5. You refer to the Kellogg’s only subdivision as the “Old Airport”, even though there hasn’t been an airport there for 40 years.
6. You attended either Elk Creek, St. Rita’s, Lincoln, Sunnyside, Wardner, Silver King, Pinehurst or Canyon Elementary before you came into Kellogg to attend junior high and high school.
7. When you were at Sunnyside, the Lincoln School kids seemed mean and scary. When you went to junior high, the kids who came from Pinehurst Elementary seemed mean and scary. 8. When you went to Kellogg High School, the Wallace High kids seemed mean and scary.
9. You knew there were prostitutes in Wallace and they lived on Cedar Street, but you averted your eyes every time you were in Wallace because you were afraid of what you might see.
10. Having an ethnic meal was taking a trip to Wallace and eating at Pepe’s Taco House.
Smelter Smoke was normal.
11. You rarely had new kids in class, and most of the kids you went to kindergarten with in the basement of Kellogg Junior High School you graduated with from Kellogg High School.
12. You took dance lessons from Betty Damiano.
13. You climbed up to the “Keep Idaho Green” sign made with tires spray painted white located on the hills behind your house.
14. You attended the St. Rita’s Bazaar and the Elks Roundup in Kellogg, and Frontier Days in Smelterville.
15. You dressed up funny and walked in the Kellogg Crazy Days parade.
16. The Dave Smith parking lot on Hill Street was once Pappy’s Pizza.
17. Speaking of Dave Smith, you remember when it was once Wellman’s Chevrolet.
18. You remember when Smelterville got the Fun Center, and with it came going Moonlight Bowling, playing Pac Man and Space Invaders, and attending dances at the roller rink.
19. Going swimming in the basement of the YMCA.
20. Remembering the picture of Noah Kellogg and his jackass when you ate in the Noah Kellogg room at the Sunshine Inn.
21. There was a wooden bridge over Lead Creek on Division Street.
22. Ice skating on Elk Creek Pond.
23. Switching the light off and on at the cross at the Kellogg Cemetery.
24. Attending a “kegger” up Latour Creek, or up the river or up some gulch.
25. KWAL was the only radio station you could listen to, because you couldn’t get reception for any others.