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

John Bidwell

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. John Bidwell Marker
Inscription.  In 1840, John Bidwell began to assemble emigrants from Missouri to open a road to California; and a year later, he set out with a party of 69 Pacific Coast pioneers.

When they reached here, August 12, 1841, half of this group decided to go northwest to Oregon instead. But his California crew turned south down Bear River to try a terrible route west of Salt Lake. So Joseph R. Chiles returned east in 1842 to find a practical California Trail across Idaho through Fort Hall and Granite Pass.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 219.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is August 12, 1841.
 
Location. 42° 38.869′ N, 111° 42.126′ W. Marker is near Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on Soda Point Power Plant Road near Reservoir Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1599 Soda Point Power Plant Road, 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. Bear River Lava (here, next to this marker); William Henry Harrison (here, next to this marker); The Value Of A Shortcut (a few steps from this marker); Guiding Landmark... (a few steps from this marker); Horatio's Journey (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheep Rock Geology (within shouting distance of this marker); Hudspeth Cutoff (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
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1. The Bidwell-Bartleson Party 1841 - Historical Background -- Scienceviews. John Bidwell had migrated to western Missouri from New York in search of adventure, and his ambitions coincided with the aims of the Western Emigration Society. After a meeting with mountain man Antoine Robidoux, who painted an attractive picture of California, Bidwell was determined to head westward to California. The party that he traveled with was the first planned overland company to emigrate to California. (Submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. John Bidwell - Fact Cards. With the
John Bidwell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. John Bidwell Marker
The marker is on the left.
emigrant party safely in California, John Bidwell left them and went to Sutter’s Fort. He worked as a clerk for Sutter. He became a Mexican citizen and was granted a 22,000-acre ranch at Chico, near Sacramento. When the United States went to war with Mexico for control of California, Bidwell served as an officer under Captain John Frémont.
(Submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
John Bidwell image. Click for full size.
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3. John Bidwell
 
 
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 417 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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