Near Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
One Continual Stream
Between 1841 and 1869 nearly 300,000 farmers, merchants, miners and adventurers bid farewell to friends and relatives before beginning the daunting 2,000-mile Oregon/California Trail to the fertile farmland of Oregon's Willamette Valley or to California's warmth - and even gold. Still others were traveling to Utah to join the new Mormon settlements in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah.
From Sea to Shining Sea....Manifest Destiny
Many in the United States believed that it was the obligation of Americans to expand the young country from sea to sea.
Allure of the West
An eagerness to see the West began when the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest (1804-1806) returned with tantalizing tales of fertile land, bountiful water, and open spaces. Later, fur trappers, traders, mountain men, and explorers returning from the West confirming the tales.
Naturally, these accounts caught the attention of farmers and business people eking out livelihoods and suffering from the economic Panic of 1837 and, later, the Civil War. With little awareness of the trials and tribulations that
Erected by The National Oregon/California Trail Center.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 14.149′ N, 111° 13.975′ 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. Hot, Cold, Dry, Wet, Dusty, 2,000-Mile Trail (here, next to this marker); Big Hill (here, next to this marker); Idaho's Emigrant Trails (here, next to this marker); Big Hill... (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Big Hill (a few steps from this marker); The McAuley Cutoff (within shouting distance of this marker); McAuley's Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith's Trading Post (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the stone kiosk.
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