In the late 1990’s to early 2000’s several brothers left their comfort zones and moved to Idaho to fulfill work and family obligations, leaving behind their ECV brotherhood. They traveled when work, money, and time allowed to partake in shenanigans at various chapters in California and Nevada. It was not long before their paths crossed and they concocted the idea “why not have a chapter in Idaho”. They began meeting monthly to discuss their Idaho chapter dream.
With the support of brothers from the Chief Truckee 3691 from Nevada County California, their dream became a reality in early 2003 with the creation of the Lewis and Clark Outpost 1805. For 4 years the outpost grew in size and began getting a strong foothold in Idaho. In 2007 some misfortune and heartache came over the Lewis and Clark Outpost and they were forced to disband by order of the Grand Council. The Brothers of the Lewis and Clark refused to be broken, as the ECV spirit had a place in their hearts that would not and could not be taken away from them.
With some restructuring of the key players the realization of an Idaho chapter once again becoming a dream. More Blood Sweat & tears and the continued friendships of the Lucinda Jane Sanders 1881 chapter of Elko Nevada the Idaho brothers marched on. In the fall of 2007, the Snake River Outpost 1811 was born. Three years late Snake River 1811 achieved Chapter status. Those days are behind us and valuable lessons have been learned. That brings us to present day.
What We Do and Why we Do It:
WHY is easy WE LOVE OUR STATE and how it evolved.
We are a registered Nonprofit organization and a most of these activities are “self-funded”
We seek out Mining and Western History, mostly the obscure and odd ball history that is often overlooked in the text books. Then we work with private citizens, Local, State, and Federal agencies to clean up and preserve that history for future generations to enjoy.
We do cleanup projects at old and often forgotten “pioneer” cemeteries to help honor the folks that made Idaho what it is today.
We also participate in the Adopt- A- Highway program sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department.
We offer assistance other nonprofit organizations and others in need by donating to food pantries, clothing, and just about anything else we can.
We are the Snake River Chapter # 1811 of E Clampus Vitus representing the state of Idaho, just a small part of a nationwide Fraternal Brotherhood of like-minded history seekers and fun havers…….
Randy “Big Bird” Norris
Snake River 1811 Historian.