The History of Duquette Pines
by Loyal Willis
In the late '60s, Loyal and Barbara Willis of Winnemucca, NV became involved in two Idaho backcountry "fly in" ranches, The Flying B and The Root Ranch, located in what was then the Idaho Primitive Area, which later evolved into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.
|Loyal became deeply involved in the Flying Resort Ranches, Inc., and as a board member and President made many airplane trips from Winnemucca to the two ranches located on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and in the Chamberlin Basin. Lying directly under his flight path just northeast of Idaho City was this beautiful mountain meadow with dilapidated old barn and house surrounded by timber. The Willises knew that their days in the construction business in Winnemucca were numbered due to the fact that the Nevada State Highway Department had condemned their house, office, shop and equipment yard for the construction of an access ramp to Interstate 80.|
|Consequently the Willises were looking around for some place to settle and decided to investigate the possibility of acquiring this old ranch. Loyal contacted a Boise realtor and asked him to inquire into the availability of the old ranch northeast of Idaho City. He reported back that the property belonged to a snow mobile club and was not for sale. He also stated that he had visited the property with a Forest Service employee "who knows you," but had forgotten his name. Loyal contacted the Forest Service ranger in Winnemucca and asked him who in the Idaho City Forest Service office would be likely to know him. His response was "Glen Bradley, you guys built the Angel Lake road for the Forest Service when Glen was the ranger in Elko, Nevada."|
|On his next trip to the Flying B, Loyal landed at the Idaho city airstrip and contacted Glen and asked him what he knew about the old ranch up on the ridge and its owners. Glen responded that the "snowmobile club was a squatter" and that the owners were Mr. and Mrs. Charles House of Boise and that he thought that the ranch might be available. With Loyal's next visit to Idaho City, he borrowed a saddle horse from Glen and armed with a Forest Service map and a Brunton compass proceeded to rough out the boundaries of the ranch.|
When he returned he told Barbara "if we are able to buy this place,
I know where we are going to build our house." And that is where their
house stands today.
and Emma House were approached and eventually a deal was made. At the
time Charles House (an MK employee) was working in Guatemala so most of
the negotiations were done with his wife Emma. About this time, the Willises
realized that they would need some financial help and some expertise in
developing property. Clarence and Dorothy Reinhart (Flying B friends)
were approached and a partnership was formed which eventually evolved
into Duquette Pines, Inc.