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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Mountain Home Idaho News and Adventures

Bengoechea Building in Mountain Home


On April 12th, 2008 I decided to take some pictures in the downtown area of Mountain Home, Idaho. The Bengoechea Building attracted me almost immediately. This big building on North 2nd Street West was built in 1910 by Jose Bengoechea, a rich and successful entrepreneur who made his fortune in the sheep industry. Back in the 1920's and 1930's this building a one of the finest hotel in the western US.


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While the Bengoechea building has undergone some changes during the last 98 years, hopefully the new owners will be able to follow through on their planned renovation of this grand old landmark. In 2007 Mirazim Shakoori bought the Bengoechea building with hopes of turning it back into a hotel and retail space.

Bengoechea Building Mountain home Idaho
A 1988 photo when it was called the Towne Square Mall.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:03

Mission Style Church – Oreana, Idaho


On Saturday April 5th, 2008 we were on a mission. To find a place to look for rocks. Both Toni and I have a budding interest in rockhounding and thought the Owyhee Mountains would be a good place to start our search. While driving along Highway 78 to the south and west of Mountain Home, we found the Oreana Loop Road.

The new rock hounds find unexpected type of rocks
This is the rock wall we found.

The Rocks We Found
The rock we found were not exactly what we originally expected. Instead we found an old Mission Style church in Oreana, Idaho made from the local rocks in the area. We were amazed by the architecture of this wonderful building. The old mission style church is now “Our Lady Queen of Heaven” Catholic Church.



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History of These Rocks
As it turns out the building that now houses Our Lady Queen of Heaven Mission Church was built as a general store in the 1880’s and was converted to its present use as a church in 1961. There is a bell tower on the church that I understand is from a church that was in the town of Silver City, Idaho. Of course, Silver City is now known as one of the best preserved “ghost towns” in the US.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:47

Bruneau Canyon Overlook


On Saturday March 22nd, 2008 I took a ride out to the Bruneau Canyon Overlook south of Mountain Home, Idaho. This geologic wonder is about 40 miles south of my home. The approach involves mainly paved roads through the high desert. About 8 miles from this overlook, the paved road turns to a dirt road.

I was way surprise to see just how deep and wonderful this canyon really is. For the most part, the approach to the overlook is flat and then you get to see the edge of the drop off. I wasn't prepared for the depth and beauty of this area.


From Southern Idaho


I'm not a good judge of distances but I'd say the drop into the canyon is between 500 and 700 feet. I just wonder how many pioneers way back in the early 1800's just dropped off the face of the earth. Can you imagine some pioneer riding around in the early morning chasing after a deer or rabbit and the next thing he knows, he airborne for a few second.

Click the picture above to see a larger version and by clicking the "Link" under the picture you can see other photos from Southern Idaho.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:13

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