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Near Mountain Home in Elmore County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Canyon Creek Station

 
 
Canyon Creek Station Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
1. Canyon Creek Station Marker
Inscription.  John C. Fremont reported using the Canyon Creek crossing in 1843 and Lansford Hastings's 1845 Emigrant's Guide to Oregon and California listed the site as an important Oregon Trail crossing and campsite. Emigrant diaries report frequent use of the area.
In 1873, the family of emigrant Archibald Daniel homesteaded the valley near the crossing. Within a year of a residence and stage station was constructed of native lava rock. The Canyon Creek station with the adjoining farm and orchards served neighboring communities and travelers using the Overland Stage Route and the Kelton Road until the death of Marion Daniel in 1921.
Ownership of the homestead then passed through several hands. Renovated to its former splendor in 1965, the structure was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1976. The crumbling remains of the once incredible lava stone buildings and the nearby cemetery are the only reminders of the glory days of this important historical site, preserved for posterity by current owners, the Norstebon family.
The family of Avard Fairbanks donated the commemorative medallion located at the top of this monument in memory of all
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those who traveled the "Old Oregon Trail."
 
Erected 2008 by Elmore County Historical Foundation; Mountain Home Historical Society; Oregon-California Trails Association, Idaho and Northwest Chapters and E. Clampus Vitus, Snake River Outpost No. 1811 of the Lucinda J. Saunders Chapter No. 1881.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 43° 15.72′ N, 115° 42.216′ W. Marker is near Mountain Home, Idaho, in Elmore County. Marker can be reached from Canyon Creek/Mayfield Road near Memory Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6825 Mayfield Road, Mountain Home ID 83647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site 7 ★ Canyon Creek (a few steps from this marker); Site 6 ★ Kelton Road (approx. 3˝ miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 6.3 miles away); Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek (approx. 8.2 miles away); Site 5 ★ Rattlesnake Creek (approx. 8.2 miles away); Rattlesnake Station (approx. 8.2 miles away); Oregon Trail 1864
Canyon Creek Station and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
2. Canyon Creek Station and Marker
(approx. 8.7 miles away); Mountain Home Irrigation District (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mountain Home.
 
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.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Canyon Creek Station: A True Story of Heritage Heroes -- Idaho Archaeological Society. Canyon Creek Station is enjoyed and valued as being only one of two remaining stage stops on the Oregon Trail, Kelton Road and Overland Stage system. It remains a valuable piece of the fabric of Idaho’s history of early travelers, freighters and stage service. (Submitted on November 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Canyon Creek Stage Station -- Idaho Heritage Trust. The family of Archibald Daniel homesteaded Canyon Creek Stage Station in 1873 along the Oregon Trail.... The station was built in a T shape with a living room and a bedroom on the main floor and three bedrooms for guests on the second floor. A second building used as a kitchen created a breezeway between the two buildings to allow
Canyon Creek Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
3. Canyon Creek Station
passengers safe passage into the station from the stagecoach.
(Submitted on November 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Canyon Creek Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
4. Canyon Creek Station
Canyon Creek Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
5. Canyon Creek Station
Canyon Creek Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By U.S. Forest Service, Dept. of Agriculture
6. Canyon Creek Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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