My Heaven in Hells Canyon

Growing Up in Snake River

by Violet Wilson Shirley


Book Details

A Rugged Woman in a Rugged Country

This is one helluva narrative about one helluva woman who believed that Hells Canyon was her heaven. You’ll be captivated by Violet Wilson Shirley’s stories about ranch life in the deepest part of Hells Canyon. The Pete and Ethel Wilson family lived exemplary lives. Could we survive and scratch out a productive life in this rugged terrain with rattlesnakes, fickle weather, steep slopes, and animal predators constantly challenging our bodies and minds? Could we successfully raise eight children? After she retired, Violet returned to the canyon as a U.S. Forest Service volunteer at the Kirkwood visitor center. She contributed time almost every year between 1986 and 2004. Violet’s spirit is chiseled into the cliffs and slopes of Hells Canyon and floats above the rapids of Snake River as it plunges through that spectacular gorge. – Tracy Vallier


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About the Author

Violet Wilson Shirley

Violet Wilson Shirley, 4th child of a family of eight, raised in the unique environment of North America’s deepest canyon in the early to mid-1900s.