Near Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
William Henry Harrison
Caribou County 4H Builders Club
In honor of William Henry Harrison of Massachusetts who lost his life on the Oregon Trail about 1850.
Erected by his niece Mrs. Alura F. Beardsley, 1931
One mile south-west near the river precipice is a monument on the site of the massacre of 1860 of sixteen men, women and children.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, the Oregon Trail, and the Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers series lists.
Location. 42° 38.865′ N, 111° 42.124′ 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. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guiding Landmark... (here, next to this marker); Horatio's Journey (here, next to this marker); The Value Of A Shortcut (here, next to this marker); John Bidwell (here, next to this marker); Bear River Lava (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hall (a few steps from this marker); Hudspeth Cutoff (a few steps from this marker); Sheep Rock Geology (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Regarding William Henry Harrison. Near the base of Sheep Rock ... is the locally famous William Henry Harrison monument , erected in 1931 by his niece to commemorate his death of the Oregon Trail in 1950. There is no further documentation concerning Harrison's death or its significance to the Oregon Trail. The monument also makes a reference to the "massacre" of 16 men, women, and children in 1860, about one mile to the southwest. In that vicinity ... a local rancher was able to point out an iron stake driven into the ground, which local legend clains as a marker of the burial site of those victims. This massacre is even less documented than the Wagonbox Burial, so no historian has ever been able to find a reference to it. The
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.