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Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth

Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.

“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

Arbon Valley Mines

Arbon Valley Mines

While riding my dirt bike on the Onion a few years ago, I stumbled across a trail that made switch backs up the mountain, and led to quite a few old, abandoned mines. Most of them were caved in at the entrance, except for one that was still open enough to crawl down into.

Once inside, I was blown away by how big of an operation must have gone on there. There were still tracks for a cart to carry out excavated dirt, and you could still see the places where the miner had drilled holes into the walls. After going straight into the mountain for about 100 feet, the mine split into three different tunnels, one going straight, while the other two veer of to the left and right. The tunnels to the right and straight were caved in, so I went left. After walking down the mine a little longer, I found a huge rusty tank of some kind that had pipes coming out of it heading further into the mine. I could also see that behind the tank, was another dark tunnel, going back further into the mountain.

After deciding to stay on the path that I was on, I followed the pipes from the tank and the tracks to a pile of old boards, going out across a huge gaping hole. I later realized that what I was looking at was what was left of an elevator and an elevator shaft. Since I could not see the bottom from shining my light down, I decided to try to throw a rock down the hole and count the seconds until I could hear it hit the bottom. After the rock left my hand, it fell into the pitch black darkness for about 4 seconds, and then hit what I thought was the bottom. About three seconds later, I heard it hit the actual bottom of the hole.

Once back outside, I took a quick look around the area and discovered an old collapsed cabin, and the pile where the miner or miners dumped the excess dirt and rock. After being in the mine, I began to come up with some questions that I would like to know the answers to.

  • Who owned the mine, and what was being mined out of the mountain?
  • Was the mine ran by a small group of people or was it a much bigger operation?
  • How long ago were the mines in use?

These are just a few of my questions and I would like to know more about the mines. If anybody knows any more about them or knows about other interesting mines around Arbon, please comment on this article about it. I would really like to learn more about the history of the mines and Arbon Valley, so if anyone has any information about them, comment on this article or send me an email at, arbon_ite@hotmail.com .

Trunk or Treat!

October 31st, 6:30, at the school!

Dress up and dress up your trunk or truck!

Arbon Fun Run

Come join the Arbon Elementary School students tomorrow (Friday) where they will be running to earn money to buy new toys for their playground. 

Date: 9/27/2019

Time: 9:45 – 11:15am

Location: Elementary School

Distance: 5k or 10k

You may sponsor a student on a $/mile basis, make a simple donation, or even just come and run with friends.


See if you can beat last year’s 10k speedster, Wade Williams.

Wade Williams 2018 10k fastest runner

Hay Days

Arbon Hay Days

Everyone is invited!

You are invited to the 9th annual Arbon Hay Days on Friday, July 26th! If you live in Arbon, lived here in the past, want to live here, or are a friend of someone who lives here, you are invited (in short, absolutely everyone is invited). There will be plenty of food, shade from the sun, and a good time visiting with neighbors. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and relaxation.

Event Details

Date: Friday, July 26th

Location: Hayden’s Pond (click to see a map).  There will be plenty of signs to direct you to the location on the day of the event.

Starts: 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM (Grilled burgers and hotdogs provided)

Bring: Camp chairs to sit on, salad and/or dessert to share

Activities: Games for kids, music and dance, and a raffle of door prizes! If you have something that is made by you or represents Arbon in some way that you’d like to donate to the raffle, please let us know!

Questions: Call Michelle Hayden @ (208) 335-2324 or Jacob Andersen @ 208-932-4040.

The parking layout will be similar to last year.  We’ll have signs to help guide you but the entrance for parking will be just above (North) of the regular entrance.  Here is an image that shows how the parking will be.  There will also be handicap parking with shuttle services near the pond (watch for signs).

Property Taxes

Please remember that June 20th is the due date for 2nd half of 2018 property taxes.  Thanks so much. –Deanna Curry


Celebrate Stu Adams’ 80th Birthday

Today, May 3rd, 2019.

6 – 8pm

Arbon Elementary School

Come by for some cake and a visit.

Please, no gifts.