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Lula Heath, A Short Biography

Lula Stone Heath, a native of Warm Springs Idaho was born to Wilfred Parley and Frances Parker Heath in 1928. The oldest of 7, Lula worked to maintain the family homestead. While her father was away establishing the first Idaho fur trade, Lula took care of things at home.

In the spring of 1947, Lula married Harold David Heath, son of David William and Sara Powell Heath. They settled in the nearby town of Ashton where Harold worked on the construction of Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park for the Bureau of Reclamation. For several years, materials and equipment were freighted by wagon from the Reclamation Building in Ashton to the dam site at Moran, Wyoming. Harold oversaw the building of an engine house and other railroad facilities in Ashton to service the Teton Valley Branch and the Yellowstone Branch. These and further developments in the area soon made Ashton prosper and become one of the more important towns in Eastern Idaho.

Harold and Lula Heath had two sons, John Ashael and Paul Grant. John enlisted in the military and Paul worked with his father for the Bureau of Reclamation.

With a steady flow of vacationers, Warm Springs developed a Forest Service campground. Lula volunteered her services there. Her expertise in the history of the area captured the interest of local historian Alen Seth. With Lula’s help, he documented the history of the area and its residents.

After the death of her husband in 2007, Lula started work full-time at the Mesa Falls Visitor Center, a historical landmark located in the Targhee National Forest. She remains there to this day. In 2011, a fan club was formed, consisting of two members: Michael A. Oliver and Caroline B. Gaynor.

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