Gilmore Preservation Project

Gilmore-MercantileThe Lemhi County Historical Society and Museum purchased the Gilmore Mercantile and the storage building behind it with the help of the Idaho Heritage Trust, the Lemhi County Historic Preservation Committee, and private donors. The Museum’s goal is to stabilize and restore the Mercantile, in turn encouraging the appreciation and preservation of local historical sites.

In 2008, The Idaho Heritage Trust awarded a second grant to aid in the stabilization process of the Gilmore, allowing us to continue our efforts. If you too are interested in contributing to help preserve our history here in Lemhi County, you may send donations directly to the Lemhi County Historical Society or use Pay Pal specifying “the Gilmore Project.” Any donation you make is tax deductible.

On August 2, 2008, six interpretive panels were installed near the Gilmore Mercantile: two panels tell the story of the mining in the Gilmore area, two panels tell the story of the community of Gilmore, and two panels explain the history of the Gilmore and Pittsburgh. The Lemhi County Historical Society, the Museum, and local residents, provided photos and history.

The project was made possible through a Challenge Cost Share Grant to the Lemhi County Historical Society from the Bureau of Land Management. This cooperative project has been in place for three years and resulted in a traveling interpretive exhibit on Gilmore and the G & P, a permanent exhibit in the Lemhi County Museum, and the interpretive panels now at Gilmore. Antonia Hedrick of the Bureau of Land Management provided the interpretive panels design, and the program initiated through the assistance of Linda Clark, formerly with the Salmon Field Office, and Gloria Jakovac.