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Founded by Finnish immigrants and named for the founding Donnelly family in the 1890s, this tiny establishment blossomed with economic activity upon the railroad’s 1912 arrival. It’s thriving economy, however, wasn’t destined for a prosperous future. When the Richmond & Samuel Pea Company and the CCC shut down during World War II and the logging camp moved to New Meadows in 1940, Donnelly became a sleepy little town.

The area, however, is known for its wintry sleigh rides that take visitors through the woods to gain a close-up view of a massive elk herd. These magnificent animals have attained a safe haven from winter hardships and hunters here in Donnelly, and the sleigh rides are a longstanding annual tradition.

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