“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Orfino in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)


Fraser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Fraser Marker
Inscription. David Fraser, a young merchant, came to the area with a pack string headed for Pierce City, the gold rush area, to open a store in the Spring of 1863. Some people of the area encouraged Fraser to open the store here as a lot of the miners had moved on from Pierce City. David Fraser built a Trading Post 2 miles west of this Park. The Trading Post also became a place to contact people and soon became a Post Office for the area and established the name Fraser.
David ran the Trading Post and Post Office for 21 years, then he left the area and went to Pierce to open a store as the dredging for gold was about to start and a new progress of Pierce began.
In 1884, Pat Keane, a close neighbor, took over the Post Office for the Fraser area and kept the Post Office for 14 years. Keane left the Post Office in late 1898 and went to Greer. Pat opened a Post Office there as the railroad was coming to Greer.
Late 1898, the next Post Master was Bill Neffer who died 7 months later. Early in 1899 Fred Judd took over the Post Office. He had the Fraser Post Office in the Fraser store till the store burned in 1911 and then he moved the Fraser Post Office to his home. Fred was Post Master for 22 years.
In 1920, Congress created rural free delivery of mail. Many Post Offices in the U.S. were closed including the Fraser Post
Fraser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
2. Fraser Marker
Office in the spring of 1921. However the community remained Fraser.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
Location. 46° 23.28′ N, 116° 2.826′ W. Marker is near Orfino, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 12 near Fraser Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orofino ID 83544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fraser Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Handsome Small Prairie" (approx. 4.6 miles away); Weippe Prairie (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 4.6 miles away); First Contact Between Two Cultures (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gold Rush Ferry (approx. 6.3 miles away); Gold Rush Historic Byway (approx. 6.3 miles away); Corps of Discovery (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in Fraser Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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