Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Site 1 ★ Two Island Crossing
Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
"Traveled 13 miles struck the river 2 miles above the ford. Here we found a company ferrying in wagon beds we unloaded two our best wagon beds and commenced calking them got them finished and ferried their loads that night. The next day we finished crossing and were ready to roll out." -- Susan Amelia Cranston, 1851
After two days of travel across the desert without easy access to water, many emigrants came to the Snake River as the south of Rosevear Gulch to water their stock. Most continued downstream two miles to Three Island Crossing where they had to decide to either ford the river or continue along the south side of the Snake River.
Some elected to cross the river here instead. The water at this location was too deep to ford so wagons had to be floated across as boats or ferries. Wagons were caulked with whatever materials were available. Holes were plugged with clothing. Wheels were removed and loaded into the wagon box. Often a man would first swim across the river carrying a rope. Once on the north side, he would pull the wagon boats across the river. Some people managed
Erected by Bureau of Land Management and Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 24, 1851.
Location. 42° 56.832′ N, 115° 17.964′ W. Marker is in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, in Elmore County. Marker is on West Madison Avenue near South Owyhee Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glenns Ferry ID 83623, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glenn's Ferry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oregon Trail (about 500 feet away); Rosevear's Ferry (about 500 feet away); Gorby Opera Theatre (1914) (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Oregon Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Three Island Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away); Idaho's Bicentennial Wagon (approx. 1.2 miles away); To All Pioneers (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenns Ferry.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 3. submitted on October 31, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.