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White Arrow Ranch: Buying A Piece Of History

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By Jay Michaels

Bliss, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Fur trappers were some of the first white men in southern Idaho 200 years ago. But Native Americans found places they liked right here in Magic Valley even before that.

Talk about hidden treasures. White Arrow Ranch is tucked away in a valley ten miles north of Bliss. Millions of years ago, the hot spot that's now under Yellowstone Park came through southern Idaho and created the Snake River Plain.

White Arrow Ranch owner George Panagioutou says, "Of course many arrows have been found here still today. This was a very popular Indian hangout, because it has a lot of hunting, it has a lot of hot water for the winter, it has cold water for the summer."

This valley has become an animal refuge, and no hunting is allowed here. It's a wild location, with the nearest neighbors 2.5 and five miles away.

Panagioutou says, "We believe to have one of the biggest privately owned hot springs in the country, at 157 degrees temperature and about 800 gallons per minute, which is a million and a half gallons per day, which is a substantial amount of hot water that we utilize."

That geothermal water is used to heat the 7,000 square foot house, the swimming pool, and the 42,000 square foot organic greenhouses. This ranch has plenty of Native American hieroglyphics, stone carvings, and other artifacts.

Panagioutou says, "You can actually ride your horse from here all the way to Boise without crossing private land. That is very special because it gives you incredible tranquility, unlike any place else I have ever been to."

The 180 acre White Arrow Ranch will be sold at absolute auction on Thursday, May 16th at 1:00 p.m. If you'd like to see the ranch in person, open houses will be held for the next two Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

You can find out more by visiting whitearrowranch.com or by calling (208) 352-1200.

May 3, 2013.


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