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Near Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

White Dugway

(Crow Creek Road)

 
 
White Dugway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. White Dugway Marker
Inscription.  Clinging to the white shale formation a mile east (on the Crow Creek Rd.) is the White Dugway. There was moisture in the shale and when frost had it in its grip the road was very slippery. Freighters learned to be cautious as a wagon or sleigh could easily slide off the Dugway and tip over. Around this dangerous point, the first loads of salt were hauled from the Crow Creek salt mines to the Bear Lake Valley.Following the salt road, the first settlers entered Salt River Valley (Star Valley) improving the road as they traveled. For 50 years (1879-1929) the life line of the Star Valley community was the Crow Creek Road.  Cheese, butter, hides, wool, and hogs, loaded on sleighs and wagons, moved to the railhead at Montpelier, Idaho. Machinery and equipment large and small, household goods, food, clothing, and medical supplies were hauled on the return trip. The Star Valley Stage moved mail and passengers daily. New breeding stock (dairy and beef cattle, hogs, sheep and horses) were moved by rail to Montpelier and hauled or driven by this route to Star Valley. Virtually everything coming and going had a little thrill around White Dugway.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 42° 32.25′ N, 111° 10.2′ W. Marker is near Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on Crow Creek Road (Forest Road 111) near Forest Road 146. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halfway House (approx. 2˝ miles away); Nield Ranch (approx. 3.3 miles away); Beaver Divide (approx. 3˝ miles away); Camp Giveout (approx. 8.6 miles away); Snowslide Canyon and Hanke’s Ranch (approx. 10 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 11.1 miles away); This verdant valley, a welcome oasis (approx. 11.1 miles away); Georgetown's First Public Building (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Regarding White Dugway. For nearly five decades, the (40-mile) Crow Creek Road served as the main link in and out of Star Valley. Starting in 1879 the route was used by Star Valley’s first settlers. Later the road proved to be vital route for commerce between the rail lines in Montpelier and the families that now called Star Valley their home. Crow Creek Road was
White Dugway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. White Dugway Marker
used extensively until a new road was built over the Salt River Pass...connecting Star Valley to rail lines in Cokeville.
-- Star Valley Independent
 
White Dugway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
3. White Dugway Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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