Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Scrap Metal Heap Of Mountain Home Idaho

Last edited on April 1, 2017

Most cities will accentuate good and downplay the ugly to entice visitors and to promote tourism. Mountain Home, Idaho, a city in decline, doesn't. A company on one of the busiest streets, within city limits, has been playing host to a plainly visible 10 foot+  high pyramid of scrap metal on a daily basis and no one seems to notice ... or care.

Scrap metal piles tourist see on a Mountain Home Idaho road
The daily view from 1075 Airbase Road, Mountain Home, ID 83647

Traffic And Visitors Drive By Views

According to official Idaho Transportation Department (IDT) figures, the annual average daily traffic (AADT) count in 2015 for that spot on the road was 13,000 per day. The good news is, in 2005 that count was 16,000 vehicles driving past that spot each day or about 1.1 million fewer resident and/or visitor views each year.

So with approximately 4.7 million tourists, visitors and residents driving by a scrap heap in the past year, why would city officials keep a "Welcome To Mountain Home - the HUB of Elmore County" sign at that spot? I believe the city just spruced up that sign when an international tourism expert said Mountain Home needed to improve its image. The sign does look better.

The Details

  • The photograph was taken on March 31, 2017, at 3:50 P.M.
  • Coordinates: 43.126531, -115.709273
  • Scrap metal company on the left: United Metals Recycling
  • Salvage yard on the right: B & K Auto Salvage
  • Scrap pile is located 1.1 road miles or a three-minute drive from the Mountain Home core business district.
  • View more local blight areas in Mtn Home:
  • What others are saying: See this


Many years ago I published a blog post about this blight viewed by tourists, visitors, businesses and the people of Mountain Home and Elmore County, Idaho. No one back then listened and even with Roger Brooks, a person the city and county paid big money to evaluate the town's attractiveness, they still seem indifferent to the many eyesores located on some of the busiest roads in the area.

The more things change, the more they remain the same ... or in the case of Elmore County, the blight just gets worse.

Mtn Home trash pyramid isn't as nice as the Egyptian landmark
Our Mtn Home Trash Pyramid

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Originally published on April 1, 2017.


Tim Bondy Freelance
Writer & Citizen Journalist

I am currently a proud citizen journalist, aka "enemy of the American People!"


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