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Near Almo in Cassia County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Passing Through

 
 
Passing Through Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Passing Through Marker
Caption: (bottom right) Mr. and Mrs. William Trotter ran the City of Rocks Home Station. At many stage stations passengers complained of poor food, but -- thanks to Mrs. Trotter - they praised the City of Rocks station for its excellent fare.
Inscription.   At City of Rocks we were met with all kinds of Christmas greeting ... we sat down to a Christmas dinner that only youth and vigor could do justice to.... Jim has erected a Christmas tree, and decorated it with cranberries and pop corn, and on it branches hung little tokens of remembrance to each one present. -- C.S. Walgamon, driver for the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Compay, describing Christmas at the City of Rocks stage station, about 1876

Picture a Shoshone hunting party working its way toward you, or a wagon train plodding westward, or perhaps a stagecoach swiftly passing a laboring string of freight wagons. At times in the past you could have seen any of these passing through here.
The gap in the ridge in front of you is Emigrant Canyon, a key portal for western travel. In fact, the Salt Lake Alternate, a major branch of the emigrant wagon route to California, passed through Emigrant Canyon and joined the main California Trail a short distance to your right.
But perhaps the most interesting features were the stagecoach line through Emigrant Canyon and the state station that stood just a few hundred
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yards in from of you. From 1869 to 1883 the City of Rocks Home Station served passengers and employees on the Kelton stage route, which connected the railroad at Kelton, Utah, with booming mining towns in Idaho.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California Trail series list.
 
Location. 42° 1.609′ N, 113° 43.08′ W. Marker is near Almo, Idaho, in Cassia County. Marker is on Twin Sister Road (Road 3400 S) near Birch Creek Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Almo ID 83312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Twin Sisters (here, next to this marker); City of Rocks Stage Station (within shouting distance of this marker); California Trail - Trail Junction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Granite Pass (approx. 1.3 miles away); California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass (approx. 1.6 miles away); California Trail - Prairie Valley (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pinnacle Pass (approx. 2˝ miles away); A Pleasant Place (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Almo.
 
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Passing Through Marker and Trails Junction image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Passing Through Marker and Trails Junction
marker.
This marker is at the intersection of Twin Creek Road and the Salt Lake Alternate Trail.
 
Additional keywords. stagecoach
 
City of Rocks Stagecoach Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By National Park Service
3. City of Rocks Stagecoach Station
Emigrant Canyon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
4. Emigrant Canyon
Emigrant Canyon sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
5. Emigrant Canyon sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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