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Hailey Library Offers Historic Walking Tour
Rob Lonning leads a walking tour through downtown Hailey.
Monday, June 24, 2024


Learn how many of today’s buildings in Hailey fit into the Hailey of yesteryear on Thursday when Hailey author and historian Rob Lonning leads a 90-minute walking tour through historic downtown Hailey.

Participants should meet on the Hailey Public Library’s west patio, ready to leave at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27.

The tour will begin with a look at some of the Library’s collection of the late Hailey photographer Martyn Mallory’s images, taken at the turn of the century in Hailey around the Fourth of July.

“Rob led a terrific walking tour for us back in 2019 when the Library celebrated its 100th anniversary and we’re delighted to have him back,” said Kristin Fletcher, the library’s programs and community engagement manager. “The City of Hailey has thoughtfully preserved many historic buildings and Rob is so knowledgeable that he’s able to paint with words a vivid picture of how the town once looked.”

Since moving to the Wood River Valley more than 20 years ago, Rob Lonning has taken a keen interest in Hailey history and Martyn Mallory’s iconic photographic images of Hailey and Central Idaho taken from the 1880s to the1930s. He was chair of the Hailey Historic Preservation Commission and played a key role in naming ‘Werthheimer Park,’ which houses the skate park, ice arena and rodeo grounds, after the man who owned that land. His pictorial book Images of America – Hailey was published in 2012. 

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