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Men of the Past
 
To learn much more exciting history about these two mighty boats and the smaller “Mabel” come visit the Snake River sternwheeler Association in the yellow caboose on Main Street at Huntington, Oregon.  Be sure to visit “Li’l Millie” and help restore the magic.
 
Captain Sebastian "Bas" Miller
Captain Sebastian "Bas" Miller
Captain Miller the first man to navigate a “sternwheeler” through the waters of what we now call Hells Canyon. After he and his skeleton crew of four ran the rapids and neared Lewiston, Idaho on what was left of the boat, it is recorded that he hollered down the speaking tube to his Engineer, “Buck” Buchanan, “Say, Buck, I expect if this company wanted a couple of men to take a steamboat through hell, they would send for you and me.”

(Picture provided to us by Stephanie McGuire, His Great Great Great Great Granddaughter)
Engineer "Buck" Buchanan
Engineer "Buck" Buchanan
Buck, was the engineer for Captain Miller.
Captain William Polk Gray
Captain William Polk Gray
Captain William Polk Gray was captain aboard “Norma” in 1895. Several years after his adventure down river he wrote in a letter, “We left the Union Pacific bridge across Snake River near Huntington at 2:00 p.m., May 17, 1895…. And reached Lewiston May 24th …”
Captain J.D. Miller
Captain J.D. Miller
Captain J. D. Miller arrived to Huntington, Oregon and superintended the building of the Norma, making the first trip with her into the Seven Devils' Country in the spring of 1891. This was a run 60 miles downriver into Hells Canyon to Seven Devils Landing, and then back upriver to Huntington. (Wikipedia)

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