By RODNEY D. BOAM
CLEVELAND – Winds reaching 55 mph blew through Cleveland on Monday, Oct. 28, carrying thousands of tumbleweeds to the Golson farm on the old Cleveland Road.
The old Cleveland Road intersects with Idaho 34 about 15 miles north of Preston and again at Thatcher about 25 miles north of Preston. At one time, Cleveland boasted a country store, post office, school, community swimming pool and LDS Meetinghouse.
Today the area is mostly farms and ranches.
Golson said tumbleweeds where piled up as high as 15 feet with several blocking driveways and garage doors.
The dry, round balls got caught on log fences, power poles and any structure that would stop them.
The weeds also gathered along wheel lines and barbed wire fences.
It was quite a sight to see tumbleweeds climbing up power poles and stacking on anything that could withstand the wind.
“I’ve never seen any thing like this in the 29 years we’ve lived here,” said Jill Golson.
“We’ve spent at least 100 hours (between Tuesday and Friday) trying to clear them.”
Golson said neighbors came over to help. On Friday two of the Golson’s grandsons from Inkom, Bryce and Adin Rasmussen, nine and 13, came to give their grandparents assistance.
The two boys were stacking the wheelbarrow so high they couldn’t see over the top of it, then taking them to a fire that almost exploded with flames when weeds dropped on it.
They also gathered and loaded them into a golf cart and drove them from farther parts of the ranch to the fire.
It seemed like the more weeds they gathered, the more there were to gather.
Golson said the weeds came from a nearby field that was left fallow over the summer.
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