This parody on the mythical excess of "lovely lot of lassies" in Challis was first published in 1902 by Clarence E. Eddy, the Poet-Prospector, in his 102-page book of poems and songs The Pinnacle of Parnassus. To add to the droll nature of the lyrics, Eddy borrowed the melody from the beloved Scottish song Last Rose of Summer that was based on a Robert Burns poem. The melody in turn was derived from the Irish song The Groves of Blarney. The song is performed here by Boiseans Chad Summervill (vocals, guitar) and Joe Young (pennywhistle). First lines of verse:

There's a town that's known that's known as Challis, in southern Idaho.

Beside the Salmon River with its ceaseless surging flow.


Challis Girls (Clarence E. Eddy, 1902)



The Mighty West (Clarence E. Eddy, 1902)

This tribute to the American West was first published in 1902 by the Poet-Prospector, Clarence E. Eddy, in The Pinnacle of Parnassus and later in New West Magazine in December 1915. Recited here by Erv Johnson of Boise. First lines of verse:

Oh, mighty and majestic western land. Oh mountains, plains and valle..

Superbly beautiful, sublimely grand. Oh for a voice. Oh West, to sing of thee.

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