Edgar Rice Burroughs; photo courtesy of uneekdolldesigns

As a young man, Edgar Rice Burroughs (“ERB”), the prolific writer of Tarzan, worked on his older brother’s ranch in the Snake River area of Idaho. This required new survival skills of the urban teen, and the experience impacted his life and writings for many years to come.

An excellent article about Snake River can be found at https://www.americanrivers.org, and a summary of Burroughs’s Snake River days is at https://offbeatoregon.com.

Recently, a branding iron shaped like a snake and bearing ERB’s initials was found in the vicinity of his former ranch in Tarzana, California. It is on display at the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center (mytarzana.org).

Bring your hiking boots, a magnifying glass, a camera, and river-rafting clothes and jump on 101 things to do in this outdoor wonderland! And swing into the adventures of Tarzan (available free on booksshouldbefree.com) while you take in the scenery.

Read more about Burroughs landmarks through our California and Michigan pages.

This is the fourth stop on our Idaho Trail!

Patricia Smart