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Near Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek

Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway

 
 
Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
1. Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek Marker
Map of the Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway across the top.
Inscription.  Sunday July 27 "Traveled 15 miles 5 miles brought us to a marshy hollow (Hot Springs Creek) which wound to right of the direction were traveling. Traveled in this marsh 3 miles then drove out leaving this marsh to our right..." -- Susan Amerlia Cranston, 1851

The Main Oregon Trail followed Hot Springs Creek for several miles. The area was marshy with willows and tall grass. The water was dark which caused some emigrants to think it was bad. After traveling up the east side of the creek, the Trail crossed the creek and headed across the desert again.
During the years 1852-1854, thousands of emigrants followed the North Alternate Oregon Trail (NAOT) in an attempt to find better water and grass than what remained along the Main Oregon Trail. The NAOT rejoined the Main Oregon Trail and Hot Springs Creek near this sign.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management; Oregon-California Trails Association, Idaho Chapter. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 27, 1851.
 
Location. 43° 7.398′ N, 115° 29.622′ W. Marker is near Glenns Ferry, Idaho, in Elmore County. Marker is at the intersection of Hot Springs Road and Teapot Road/Ross Road, on the right when traveling west on Hot Springs Road. 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 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site 4 ★ Hot Springs (approx. 2.6 miles away); Oregon Trail 1864 (approx. 6 miles away); Rattlesnake Station (approx. 8˝ miles away); Site 5 ★ Rattlesnake Creek (approx. 8˝ miles away); Mountain Home Irrigation District (approx. 8.6 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 9.8 miles away); Mountain Home Arrives in a 50-pound Soapbox (approx. 10.2 miles away); Site 6 ★ Kelton Road (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Should anyone wish to follow this portion of the Oregon Trail, I suggest they obtain a copy of the Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway brochure by the BLM and OCTA. It is generally available at local visitors centers.
 
Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
2. Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek Marker
Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
3. Oregon Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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