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

Distant Views

Distant Views Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Distant Views Marker
Captions: (panorama at the center, left to right) Greene Mountain, Jim Sage Mountains, Black Pine Mountains, Lower Narrows, Upper Raft River Valley, Strevell Pass, Bear River Mountains of the Wasatch Range (100 miles away), Raft River Mountains, S
Inscription. This vast scene holds many intriguing stories. If the land could speak, it would tell of pioneers and wagons crossing the wide Ralf River Valley from Strevell Pass to Emigrant Canyon bound for California in 1843-1882. The land would speak of stage coaches, racing from the transcontinental railroad station of Kelton, Utah to the City of Rocks stage station a few miles south of here. They carried supplies and payroll for gold miners in the Boise Basin, still a 15-day ride from here.
The land would also tell of a century past when the pinyon-juniper foothills below were more open, and the herbs and grassed sustained the livestock of emigrants, stage runners, cattle and sheep drives, and sellers. The sagebrush expanse before you was also dry-land farmed through the 1920s.
The hills speak of a northern pinyon pine forest invasion 2,700 years ago into present-day Idaho. Older still are the ancient Albion Mountains on which you stand, uplifted to expose a grant pluton from the most ancient days. This story is best revealed along the 1/4-mile self-guided geology trail that begins at the trailhead behind you. Come, let the land reveal its secret to you.
Erected by National Park Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Marker series.
Distant Views Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Distant Views Marker
This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 4.422′ N, 113° 41.421′ W. Marker is near Almo, Idaho, in Cassia County. Marker is on Circle Creek Overlook Road near City of Rocks Road (Highway 3075 S), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Almo ID 83312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fading Away (within shouting distance of this marker); California Trail -- Silent City of Rocks (approx. ¼ mile away); A Pleasant Place (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pinnacle Pass (approx. one mile away); California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass (approx. 1.9 miles away); California Trail - Nearing City of Rocks (approx. 3 miles away); Replica Wagon (approx. 3.2 miles away); Camped... (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Almo.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Circle Creek Overlook.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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