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Near Carey in Blaine County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Goodale's Cutoff

 
 
Goodale's Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1997
1. Goodale's Cutoff Marker
Inscription. An old emigrant road headed west across Camas Prairie and then descended to the valley below on its way to rejoin the Oregon Trail 28 miles west of here.

This route, discovered by Donald Mackenzie's fur trade party in 1820, came into use for emigrant wagons in 1852. Indian hostility along the regular Oregon Trail to the south led Timothy Goodale to bring a large emigrant party of Idaho pioneers this way in 1862, and after that, the road was known as Goodale's Cutoff.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 305.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 43° 22.778′ N, 113° 43.239′ W. Marker is near Carey, Idaho, in Blaine County. Marker is on U.S. 20/26, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carey ID 83320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Water and Lava (here, next to this marker); Just Down the Road (approx. 8.4 miles away); Are We Loving Them to Death? (approx. 9.2 miles away); Where's the Volcano?
Goodale's Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
July 5, 2003
2. Goodale's Cutoff Marker
(approx. 9.7 miles away); North Crater Lava Flow (approx. 9.7 miles away); North Crater Flow Trail (approx. 9.7 miles away); Get over it! (approx. 9.8 miles away); Just Down The Road (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Regarding Goodale's Cutoff. Goodale's Cutoff departed the Oregon Trail at Fort Hall, crossed the Snake River Plain past Southern Butte to Lost River, and then headed west across the Camas Prairie. Camas Prairie provided an approach to the Boise region that stayed north of the broad valley of the Snake. The cutoff rejoined the Oregon Trail at Ditto Creek. The 230-mile journey typically took two to three weeks.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oregon Trail. Goodale's Cutoff (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Snake River Plain. Idaho Valcanoes (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The Cutoff image. Click for full size.
3. The Cutoff
Lava Fields image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1997
4. Lava Fields
– Goodale’s Cutoff was a pass through the lava fields
More Lava Fields image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1997
5. More Lava Fields
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,548 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on January 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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