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Near Delco in Cassia County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Parting of the Ways

California Road at Raft River

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Parting of the Ways Marker
Inscription. In 1811 the first white expedition to go through this area of the Snake River and the lower end of the Raft River Valley was the Wilson Price Hunt expedition from St. Louis to Astoria. However, the area was well known to the French and British trappers.
The California Cutoff was first proven a feasible route in 1826 by Peter Skene Ogden and his Snake Brigade who crossed Granite Pass. Joseph Chiles, in 1842, determined a wagon route was feasible as he wandered from California to Fort Hall. In 1843, Chiles, with Joseph Walker as guide, eight wagons, and thirty emigrants, turned southwest here and headed to California. Walker defined the California Wagon Trail from here to the Humboldt and to California. John C. Fremont camped September 26, 1843, on the Raft River. From 1843-48, the California Cutoff was the main route from here, southwest to the City of Rocks.
Between 1841 and 1860, about 500,000 people passed this point. Before 1848, more than 100,000 emigrants turned here on their journey. The route continued to be used until the railroads connected in 1869.
The Parting of the Ways could be called Decision Point because here some people finally decided between heading to Oregon or California. As noted in the dairy of H.M Judson, August 11, 1862, "...bid goodby to...they take the California road, we keep our eyes straight
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Parting of the Ways Marker
ahead. No tear shed, no regrets expressed. We feel considerable relieved and think we have had our train purged of many a contrary stubborn disposition and shall have less contention and fault finding."
When the California Trail meant the Salt Lake Cutoff, many pioneers took that trail into the Salt Lake Valley. Returning members of the Mormon Battalion, traveling east, pioneered a route to Salt Lake. Addison Pratt, of the Mormon Battalion, named "Twin Sisters: in the City of Rocks. This route was used by 25,000 travelers in 1849-1850, and thousands more passed through until 1869. An estimated one-third of the forty-niners traveled this way.
 
Erected 2011 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 520.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 34.626′ N, 113° 13.164′ W. Marker is near Delco, Idaho, in Cassia County. Marker is on Yale Road near Laynes Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Declo ID 83323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California Trail - Parting of the Ways (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emigrant Trails
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
3. Parting of the Ways Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Coldwater Hill Rest Area Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 4.7 miles away); California Trail - Raft River Recrossing (approx. 5 miles away); Register Rock (approx. 11.6 miles away); California Trail - Raft River Valley (approx. 12.6 miles away); Idahome (approx. 14˝ miles away).
 
More about this marker. I recommend the use of Trails West Inc's A Guide to the California Trail: To the Humboldt River when following this portion of the California Trail.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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