Merciless Eden


Gold Seekers - River Explorers - Trailblazers - Pioneers - Moonshiners - Counterfeiters - Outlaws

Wilderness - Wild River - Historic Preservation - Wildfires - Romance - Memorable Characters

410 pages - 7 years of Research - 7 Maps - 96 Historic Photos - 1897-2013

Proceeds go to Preservation of Campbell's Ferry Ranch on Idaho's Salmon River

 “In the long and fascinating history of the Salmon River land on which Campbell’s Ferry sits, men and women have been lured, coaxed and persuaded to claim it and tame it. One by one, these strong, wily and dedicated souls have fallen in love with it, then lost the battle, and sometimes their minds, trying to survive it. Now comes Doug Tims, passionate river-runner and outfitter, and Phyllis Tims, retired fine arts dean and dancer, who have figured out that the best and perhaps only way to preserve Campbell’s Ferry is to reach deep into its past, to study it, learn it and understand it. And oh, what enthralling stories and secrets they uncover along the way. Here, in Merciless Eden, are those dramatic, funny and remarkable stories, some of them literally from the graves of their Campbell’s Ferry forbears.” Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation