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

Granite Pass

 
 
Granite Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Granite Pass Marker
Inscription.  One day west of the City of Rocks: Never saw such dust! In some places it was actually to the top of the forewheels! Fine white dust; more like flour. Our men were a perfect fright, being literally covered. -- Emigrant journal entry, circa 1850

Heading west from the City of Rocks on the California Trail, emigrants aimed toward their next goal, Granite Pass, the gap in the distant ridge six miles away. There was always a next goal.
At this point most California-bound emigrants were on the same trail; the various routes east of here had merged. A critical point on the trail, Granite Pass was a funnel through which emigrants poured from eastern prairies toward the Humboldt River valley to the west.
Try to picture the scene here in the summer of 1850 when an estimated 50,000 emigrants, 100,000 animals, and 20,000 wagons passed through this valley. The animals ate the grass; campfires consumed anything that would burn; feet, wagon wheels, and hooves thrust clouds of dust skyward.
Had you stood here looking at Granite Pass before 1848, as early emigrant parties did you would have been standing in Oregon looking
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into Mexico.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California Trail series list.
 
Location. 42° 1.626′ N, 113° 44.634′ W. Marker is near Oakley, Idaho, in Cassia County. Marker is on Twin Sister Road (Road 3400 S) near Birch Creek Road (Junction Valley Road), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakley ID 83346, 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. California Trail - Trail Junction (approx. one mile away); California Trail - Prairie Valley (approx. 1.1 miles away); City of Rocks Stage Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Passing Through (approx. 1.3 miles away); Twin Sisters (approx. 1.3 miles away); California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass (approx. 2.4 miles away); Pinnacle Pass (approx. 3.2 miles away); A Pleasant Place (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Granite Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Granite Pass Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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