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Near American Falls in Power County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Emigrant Trails

 
 
Emigrant Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Emigrant Trails Marker
Inscription. Early California and Oregon Trail Ruts -- left by thousands of emigrant wagons as they ascended this bluff -- still are visible below this viewpoint.
In 1859 F.W. Lander's wagon road builders dug and improved grade that shows more clearly. California traffic, for which Lander constructed a better road, diverged from this Snake River route to Oregon just beyond Raft River, 6 miles west of here. When they got up this grade, emigrants were thankful that they had passed 20 miles of bad road, and that a less demanding trail lay ahead.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 339.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, and the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 36.87′ N, 113° 8.574′ W. Marker is near American Falls, Idaho, in Power County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 86 at milepost 18 near Cold Water Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: American Falls ID 83211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coldwater Hill Rest Area Oregon Trail Kiosk (within shouting distance of this marker); California Trail - Parting of the Ways
Emigrant Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Emigrant Trails Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Parting of the Ways (approx. 4.7 miles away); Register Rock (approx. 6.9 miles away); Massacre Rocks on Old Oregon Trail (approx. 8.9 miles away); Massacre Rock - A Clashing of Cultures (approx. 8.9 miles away); California Trail - Raft River Recrossing (approx. 9.4 miles away); Snake River Rest Area Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Falls.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the Coldwater Hill Rest Area off of Interstate 86 Eastbound.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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