by Randy Stapilus for The Idaho Press Tribune
When I attended the University of Idaho back in the 70s, one of the semi-illicit student activities was something called the Bovill Run. It was a typically stupid college-kid drinking challenge.
The idea was that a carload of kids would cruise east to Troy, consume drinks at a local drinking establishment, head further east and stop at Deary and Helmer, and northeast to Bovill, rinsing and repeating at each location, then on northerly to Princeton and Potlatch and any other alcohol purveyors in eastern Latah County, on the way back to Moscow.
Left unclear was whether continued drinking at Moscow establishments constituted part of the challenge but, supposedly, the number of drinking places visited numbered around 20.
I’ve been told that the Bovill Run was abandoned some years back. That certainly would have been a good thing.
There may be a dark echo to that in the closure of many of the small-town businesses — bars among them — in many of these small resource-industry communities. Not, of course, that the “run” was any sort of significant economic driver, but in the fact that the economy in these communities has fallen to the point that the escapade isn’t even doable now.
The thought was prompted by a story last week in the Lewiston Tribune about the Idaho Foodbank’s mobile pantry, which includes Bovill among its stops. It operates out of a central office at Lewiston.
People in larger communities wouldn’t spend much thought on the arrival of a pickup truck hauling a trailer containing food. In Bovill, it’s a big deal. The last of the long-vaunted bars in the small timber community closed six months ago, and that had been the last place in Bovill where residents could buy basic foods and supplies.
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