Africanist • Historian • Lecturer
McFarren Gulch, Idaho
A Long Way from McFarren Gulch...
Born in Spokane, Washington, David Courtney Conrad spent his youth as the son of a hard rock miner in the panhandle of Northern Idaho. His parents’ two-room cabin with wood-burning cook-stove and outhouse in back was two miles up a narrow canyon called McFarren Gulch above the village of Osburn, five miles west of Wallace and seven miles east of Kellogg (both towns famous in those days for their brothels, bar rooms, and brawls). In 1964 he began two years’ Peace Corps service in Nigeria, and the history, culture, and people of Africa have been the central focus of his life ever since.