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Near Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Steamer “Shoshone”

 
 
Steamer "Shoshone" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, June 21, 2010
1. Steamer "Shoshone" Marker
Inscription. The boat was built in 1866 to provide easy river travel for a part of the route from the Columbia to Boise and Silver City.

It was intended to ply 105 miles between here and Old's Ferry. Once it even explored the river for 60 miles above here, astonishing the jackrabbits with its ambitious whistle. But business was poor and firewood for the boilers was scarce, and service stopped after a few trips. Finally in a hair-raising ride, the 136-foot, 300-ton boat was run down through Hell's Canyon and to the Columbia.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 194.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 20.454′ N, 116° 36.237′ W. Marker is near Melba, Idaho, in Owyhee County. Marker is on State Highway 45 at milepost 10, half a mile south of Ferry Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melba ID 83641, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guffey Bridge Snake River Idaho (approx. 5 miles away); Givens Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); Givens Hot Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Steamer "Shoshone" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rebecca Maxwell, June 21, 2010
2. Steamer "Shoshone" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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