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Near Marsing in Owyhee County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Owyhee Country

 
 
Owyhee Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2017
1. Owyhee Country Marker
Inscription.  The name applied to these mountains and the whole surrounding region is an outdated spelling of the word "Hawaii".
Fur-trading ships brought Hawaiian natives -- then called "Owyhees" -- to the Northwest. In 1818, Donald Mackenzie brought the first big brigade of fur hunters to the Snake river valley. He sent several Owyhees to trap in this region -- and they never came back. Ever since then, this has been called the Owyhee country, and Owyhee county carries the name on. (Pronounce "Owyhee" and "Hawaii" aloud -- they sound the same.)
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 192.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 43° 24.426′ N, 116° 51.918′ W. Marker is near Marsing, Idaho, in Owyhee County. Marker is on I.O.N. Highway No. 456 (U.S. 95 at milepost 14) near Summer Camp Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map.
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Marker is in this post office area: Marsing ID 83639, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Givens Hot Springs (approx. 8 miles away); Givens Springs (approx. 8 miles away); Froman's Ferry (approx. 10.2 miles away); Lake Lowell (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Owyhee Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 27, 2017
2. Owyhee Country Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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