This Riverside home was built with class and the grandeur of the age.
In 1884, when Idaho was still a territory, the first families homesteaded North and West of the Snake River in the Riverside vicinity. Emery and Martha LaRocque settled their family on the freight road and along the natural canal called the Watson Slough thus providing access to their property and water for their homes and irrigation. The LaRocques had 3 children when they came here from Utah. Three more children were born in log and mud dugouts while they constructed their home.
Most homes in the area at the time were built from mud, logs, or the ubiquitous lava rock from the nearby lava flows. LaRocque wanted something grand.
One half of the house was built of bricks brought by wagon from Salt Lake. This required extensive cost and effort. They had to build a raft, with the help of the other settlers, to transport the massive load across the river. The ferry was too light. The other half of the house was built with bricks kilned locally. The yellow, solid coinings were cut from a quarry of sandstone above Lincoln Creek. The house was complete in 1889.
The finished home sported high, eleven foot ceilings, a large, single-pane front window, two entrances, surrounded by trees.
In time, the home was owned by R. B. Poole, father of the recently departed Burke Poole. During this time, a smaller home was built nearby for family members. Bruce Little owned the property for several years. In 1975, Dean and Amy Mackley purchased the home and 16 1/2 acres. It became an ideal setting for their growing family of eight children. He and Amy also brought her aging parents to live in the small 2-bedroom home until each of them passed away.
Unique, Versatile, and Charming Expansion
Dean Mackley remodeled the home from 1975 to 1980. He extended the front to add a very large family/living room, a 2nd floor including four large bedrooms and two more bathrooms, and beautiful two-story entrance with chandeliers, and a basement. The entrance has been a hallmark of the home every since. Because of the unique remodel, all of the new rooms are spacious, and the layout has a creative charm. It is a home that has character that newer homes rarely feel.
In addition, Dean added a massive four-car garage and excavated beneath the home.
Massive Garage for Hobbies. The garage is a spacious 24 foot, 2-cars wide by 42 feet deep. The space always amazes those who happen to visit. The front space provides abundant space for a wood shop, space for restoring a custom car, or any other hobby. The garage includes a separate chimney and a wood stove which can heat the garage any you want to work or play.
Easy Access Walkway Below. Originally it was very difficult to access plumbing, heating, and other mechanical areas of the original home. The Mackleys excavated cemented 5-foot deep walkways, power, and lighting below the floor. Now it is easy to access all plumbing, ductwork, and electrical which flows beneath the home. The plumbing was all updated with PEX pipe in 2005. In 2015, all of the heating ducts were replaced and extended to every room in the original home and the new portion.
Senior Water Rights
Water is serious business. LaRocque knew that when he settled this property on the natural canal. Originally irrigated by flood irrigation until the early 1980s, now this land is cultivated annually and pumps water directly from the canal. This canal has some of the most senior water rights in South East Idaho. This property comes with 22.19 inches of water. This is adequate to easily irrigate all of the property. The current board members are all local neighbors who know the value of this precious commodity and these rights.
Because this home was built to be a landmark, this historic home has charm and options rare and valuable. Let us show you more.