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Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Not A Walk In The Park...

Not A Walk In The Park... Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Not A Walk In The Park... Marker
Inscription.  The story of the American West is not simply a tale of pioneer courage and vision or of prairie schooners swaying westward to the strains of heroic music. Rather, it is a complex story of plots and sub plots, of romance and religion, of politics and money, and of personal and national tragedy.
Many emigrants were thrilled by both a new sense of freedom and the unknown dangers that lay ahead. Most however, lived in fear of Indian attack. Rumors of - even hoaxes about - trailside massacres drifted back to Eastern newspapers, and many travelers packed a virtual arsenal to protect themselves on the road.
Native Americans harbored hopes and fears too, as they watched the swelling tide of foreign humanity and hungry livestock surge into their country. For the most part, emigrants fears were unfounded. Historians conclude that more Indian people that emigrants were killed in clashes along the Oregon and California trails. A greater menace to travelers were so-called "white Indians," bands of vicious outlaws -- sometimes disguised as native warriors who stalked and plundered emigrant parties.
Not far from here in 1861, a tragedy
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took the lives of an entire emigrant family. Three trappers discovered their remains. Although there were no eyewitnesses of the killings, the trappers learn that when the wagon train pulled out the family had stayed behind to locate and retrieve their horses, which had wandered off in the night before. The bodies were placed together in their wagon box and buried on the spot. Their remains were later moved to the cemetery. As you explore the historic trains through southern Idaho, traces of emigrant stories can still be found on the landscape and in recorded journals and diaries that helped them through each trying day.
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 42° 39.36′ N, 111° 36.39′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from South 1st Street West near West Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 South 1st Street West, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father De Smet Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Niels Anderson ---- Mary Christoffersen Anderson
Not A Walk In The Park... Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. Not A Walk In The Park... Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (about 400 feet away); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (about 400 feet away); "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" (about 500 feet away); George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
More about this marker. This marker is in the Fairview Cemetery.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 4, 2023