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Community Histories

We have recorded the history of our community through artifacts and personal accounts since our town's founding in 1912. Our transition from an archive to a library reminds us to celebrate our past.

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updated 05/14/2022

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Nacho Dip

File type: recipe

Submitted by Oliver W.



-4 oz tortilla chips

-1 can refried beans

-½ pound ground beef

-1 can crushed tomatoes (small) OR 5 tbsp concentrated tomato paste

-8 oz shredded cheese

-2 cups queso

-1 cup shredded lettuce

-1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

-Taco seasoning



In a medium casserole dish, layer tortilla chips, refried beans, ground beef, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and dip is cooked. Set aside until cooled completely and somewhat firm.

Heat queso according to can instructions. Mix with taco seasoning to taste.

Layer shredded lettuce, sour cream and queso. Set aside until cooled completely (about one hour).

Serve with tortilla chips. If done correctly, each layer should have its own unique flavor and boost the flavors of other layers and the dish overall. Dip keeps in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Additional spices are optional, but please have a waterbottle nearby if you add too much.


Nocturnal Wildlife Safety

File type: bulletin

Submitted by Oliver W.



November 1, 2011

Hunting Health Risk Update

Attention Box Elder residents:


There has been an increased migration of turkeys this season. You may notice them walking around outside residential areas of town.


Please do not hunt them. They are scavenging, and their poor diets may have included poisonous berries. The seeds are easy to digest and remain in the turkey's body up to a week after consumption. This may cause mild or moderate symptoms of poisoning.


​If they get too close to you, try shining a flashlight in their eyes to scare them away.


​The Wildlife Office will update this bulletin if there are any updates.


Box Elder Branch

File type: newspaper article

Submitted by [name omitted]


Grocery announces stock change

BOX ELDER — The Third Street Market has announced that its canned soup products are out of stock. The market expects a resupply to arrive from the regional warehouse in Phoenix by the end of the week.

Transcript of oral history with [anonymous]

File type: oral history

Submitted by Oliver W.


Additional notes


Oliver: What do you remember about the morning of September first here?


Anonymous: Oh! I remember. I was on the other side of the building, you know. There was a police officer. I think so. I think he was there all day. We were all locked down. I wrote a little, but I couldn't concentrate. I couldn't go get groceries. I was low on eggs. I go through eggs so quickly. Breakfast every day and all. But the stores always seem to have them. I wonder where the farms are.


Oliver: I mean what was happening around the apartment.

[Note: mention of alienation?]​


Anonymous: And so I was making breakfast. I looked out my window. The officer told me to stay inside. He was out there. I'm not sure anyone else left. And we weren't just cooped up but really cooped up.


Oliver: Do you know what happened to the people next door?


Anonymous: I never met those young men, you know. Moved in recently. Didn't get much of a chance to know them. I don't see anyone from that room nowadays. Everything so quiet around here now. Did you hear Third Street restocked their produce?

[End of transcript]

Mythology Moment

File type: educational pamphlet

Submitted by Oliver W.


Originally published for library circulation 10-25-2019

Material generated for instructional purposes by Box Elder Public Library

Box Elder Public Library

Mythology Moment series: What About Werewolves?​

Get ready for our Halloween 2019 special!

Learn about the mythology and folklore of this classic monster with our resident community history expert, Oliver!

October 25th, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 PM

If the weather is nice, we might sit outside, so bring a blanket if you can.

About Werewolves

There are some expected and specific characteristics of a werewolf: 

1) A werewolf experiences changes which reflect canine traits. These changes are both physical (e.g. changes in hair pattern, dental structure, or entire physical form) and behavioral (e.g. canine behavior mimicry, adverse reactions to particular metals). Canine mimicry, in particular, is a key sign of a werewolf.

2) These changes are almost exclusively triggered by a natural and cyclical stimulus: the presence of a full moon.

3) Because of these changes, a werewolf tends to also have a behavioral response (affinity or adverse reaction) to the moon while not transformed. ​Remember, if you can't identify these traits of your monster, they might not be a werewolf. 

Mine Train schedule 1972-2003

File type: informative sign (replica)

Submitted by Oliver W.


[Note: This was originally a large wooden sign at the train stop, the last of such signs in use. We do not have any legible photographs of the sign in our archive. The sign itself has been damaged beyond repair. The text on the sign is reproduced below.]

your safety is our highest priority

Please arrive at the stop with enough time to safely board the train.

Remember to "keep track" of your personal belongings!

Report any structural instability to the mine  supervisor immediately.

Southbound -
to mine

4:00 AM
6:00 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM

northbound -
to town 

5:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
4:00 PM

Field Trip Resources

File type: permission slip and thank-you note

Submitted by Oliver W.


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