Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District - Points of Interest

In 1866 or 1867, a group of prospectors from Montana led by Joel Richardson came searching for placer fields. They came to a large tributary of the upper Salmon River where they camped and prospected for a few weeks, but left without finding any promising placers. Before going back to Montana, Richardson's party dubbed the creek the "Yankee Fork" of the Salmon River after themselves, since everyone in the party was a Yankee. After the discovery of promising placers on Jordan Creek in 1870, the Yankee Fork Mining District was organized, comprised of all lands drained by the Yankee Fork and its tributaries.