Copyright 2014 Geoff Lynch
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In 1843, a large wagon train of over eight hundred people set off on the Oregon
Trail to the west to find new land to colonize. During this trip, a cholera epidemic struck
at the intersection of the Snake River in Idaho and the Oregon Trail that wiped out over
one hundred and fifty men, women and children. In order to stop the spread of the
contagion, the bodies were quickly buried using the materials from the wagons and the
contents they held. All in all, the spread was contained and the pioneers continued
onward towards the west coast.
One hundred and twenty years later, a catastrophic flood covered southeast
Idaho and filled the Snake River to overflow. The pressure caused the Teton dam to
burst sending thousands of gallons of water downstream killing hundreds of people and
thousands of cattle. The resulti ng catastrophe covered the now lost cholera graveyard
with ten feet of water allowing the caskets to percolate to the surface and expose the
once buried bodies again to the surface.
Months after the flood, bodies were still being found strewn along the countryside
tangled in fencing and piled in ditches. They were then gathered up and buried deep
enough to never see the light of day again in a new cemetery on higher ground. That is
except for the three zombies found at a campsite feasting on a family of vacationing
campers. The former pioneers were now the undead and surviving on their own until
they were captured and held for study at the University of Idaho department of biolog y.
Twenty years later, the ACLU sued for the zombieâ€™s civil rights and won the three
their freedom. After two years of community college, the zombies were reintroduced into
society as free people. One was immediately burned by an angry mob upon release and
another ran for Sheriff of Pine Bridge Idaho. Once elected, the third zombie was hired
as chief deputy. This is their story.