Three Rivers Ranch (then called Fred’s Place) in Warm River, Idaho in the late 1920’s through the 1960’s was a popular tourist destination for many Yellowstone bound tourists. The Union Pacific’s Yellowstone Special was a summer only route starting in Pocatello and ended in West Yellowstone, Montana. The line was completed in 1913 and stopped operation in 1965. Less than nine years after the Yellowstone Special ended, Three Rivers Ranch was born in 1974 under the leadership of Harry Lewies (Fred Lewies’ son). In 1987, Harry Lewies’ daughter, Lonnie Allen, bought the operation and continues its long tradition of making lasting memories for tourist and fly-fishing enthusiasts at Three Rivers Ranch – Orvis Endorsed Lodge, outfitting guide service, and TRR Outfitters Fly Shops (located in Boise, Driggs, Island Park, & Ashton).
The photo above is Fred Lewies standing in front of the store in Warm River. The unique business included a gas station, fishing tackle, small grocery store, rental cabins, a dance hall, and a restaurant.