Ballantine Wool Wagons
"Ballantine wool from Ola. Feed store owned by Frank Noland. Frank and James Noland Sr, Sweet, standing on porch." -- Photo courtesy of Gem County Historical Society and Museum, 501 E. First Street, Emmett.Sweet History
Idaho Almanac, 1977: The sheep boom took place in the 1880's as the railroads were constructed. The census of 1890 showed 357,712 sheep. . . The sheep industry reached its greatest growth in 1910 when the census counted 2,418,000 head in Idaho. In the 1950's the sheep industry began a downhill slide . . Virtually all sheep in Idaho utilize the forage on the federal lands.
Andy Little, a Scotsman who immigrated in 1884 with his sheep dogs, built a sheep empire with over 100,000 sheep, reputed to have been the largest in the United States, headquartered in Emmett. For further reading, see Shaddock's "Andy Little, Idaho Sheep King."
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