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Van Camp is the answer for Week 429 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: The sign stood until the fire of 1934.

Tuesday: The end of a box

Wednesday: It was partially the result of the wildfire of 1920.

Thursday: You may know the brand.

Friday: Fire of 1920

Saturday: A fire fighting crew

Monday: They ate a lot of them.

Tuesday: The food came from cans.

Wednesday: It was early spring and they suppressed the fire, but had trouble getting supplies in because trails were not open.

According to The Clearwater Story: a History of the Clearwater National Forest, in 1920, there was an early spring fire on the ridge and some of the fire guards suppressed it. However, since the trails were not yet opened, they had difficulty in getting supplies.

They wound up with mostly pork and beans. Before they left, one member of the crew took the end of a box which read Van Camp Port and Beans and nailed it to a tree, but struck out the 'pork and beans'. It stood until the fire of 1934.

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