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Near Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

McAuley's Road

 
 
McAuley's Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. McAuley's Road Marker
Inscription. Coming west with Ezra Meeker in 1852, Thomas McAuley decided to build a road to let emigrants bypass Big Hill.
Worst of all Oregon Trail descents, Big Hill needed replacement. Eliza McAuley reported that her brother Tom "fished awhile, then took a ramble... and discovered a pass by which the mountain can be avoided by doing a little road building." With an emigrant crew, he opened a wagon toll road that followed current Highway 30. After 1852, no one maintained the new route and it fell into disuse.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society and Idaho Transportation Department. (Marker Number 456.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.161′ N, 111° 13.989′ W. Marker is near Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on U.S. 30 at milepost 441.7 near Hunters Lane, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The McAuley Cutoff (here, next to this marker); Big Hill (here, next to this marker); Big Hill...
McAuley's Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. McAuley's Road Marker
The marker is on the left.
(a few steps from this marker); Hot, Cold, Dry, Wet, Dusty, 2,000-Mile Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Idaho's Emigrant Trails (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Big Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); One Continual Stream (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith's Trading Post (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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