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

Law & Order On The Frontier

Camp Connor

 
 
Law & Order On The Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. Law & Order On The Frontier Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Camp Connor is believed to have been located in the vicinity of the Caribou Memorial Hospital - just south of where you stand. George Goodhart, mountain man and trapper who settled in the Soda Springs area, has this to say about its location: "They (Morrisites) put their camps above the mouth of Soda Creek along the Bear River ... General Connor moved up on the hill a little further east and built a little fort overlooking his little colony."; (bottom center) Depiction of daily activity at Camp Connor in the early 1860s. (Illustration by Zackery Zdinak).
Inscription.  Excitement and anxiety mounted as emigrants prepared to launch their ox-drawn prairie schooners from St. Joseph and Independence, Missouri - bustling river ports at the edge of the frontier in the 1840s. To them, the great, gray ribbon of the Missouri was the western shore of civilized society. Once their wagons rolled off the ferry onto the Kansas prairie, emigrants embarked into unfamiliar country - trespassers on Indian lands and outside the protection of the government. On the trail, there were no markets, no hospitals, no laws and no second chances. From there until they reached trail's end, some 2,000 miles later, the pioneer emigrants were on their own.
Thieves, murderers, problems with Indians, and starvation often plagued emigrants and overland carriers through the early 1860s. Numerous outcries and scathing newspaper articles from western settlements led the federal government to establish a series of military camps and fortifications that would aid and protect the hundreds of thousands of emigrants and keep the mail service on its daily course between the east and west coasts.
Already a popular emigrant camp, the
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military chose to establish one of these fortifications on the bluff above the north bank of the Bear River. Colonel Patrick E. Connor, accompanied by 300 soldiers arrived in May of 1863. Two and a half years later, Soda Springs was able to care for itself and to provide protection and supplies for Oregon Trail emigrants as well. Although no physical evidence of Camp Connor remains today and historians can only speculate as to its original location, many of the soldiers settled in the area after separation.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
 
Location. 42° 39.207′ N, 111° 36.886′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on South 3rd Street West near West 3rd Street South, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 South 3rd 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. A New Beginning... (here, next to this marker); Clash Of Cultures (here, next to this marker); First In Soda Springs (a few steps from this marker); Father De Smet Monument (approx. half a mile away); Not A Walk In The Park...
Law & Order On The Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. Law & Order On The Frontier Marker
The marker is second from the left.
(approx. half a mile away); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (approx. half a mile away); Niels Anderson ---- Mary Christoffersen Anderson (approx. half a mile away); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. The markers are in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church parking lot.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Connor - Wikipedia. Camp Connor was a Union Army outpost established May 23, 1863 by Captain David Black, 3rd Regiment California Volunteer Infantry, by order of Brigadier General Patrick Edward Connor commander of the District of Utah, Department of the Pacific for whom the post was named. (Submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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