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

Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek

 
 
Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
1. Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek Marker
Inscription.  Monday October 9th "This evening yellowish granite appeared in needle form fragments and masses. Country mountainous, good grass, water in the creek on which we are camped partially dried up. We struck a large and much travelled Banak trail today." Theodore Talbot, 1843

Ditto Creek was often nearly dry when the emigrants passed through the valley. They noted plenty of dry grass but often had to dig for water in the sandy creek bottom. The terrain changed from the volcanic rocks near Canyon Creek to a softer dirt and gravel road. Many travelers wrote their names with axle grease on the large granite boulders beside the trail.
A Bannock Indian trail went up the valley heading to the Camas Prairie. The Jeffery-Goodale Cutoff rejoined the main Oregon Trail at Ditto Creek.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management; Oregon-California Trails Association, Idaho Chapter.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 9, 1843.
 
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43° 21.174′ N, 115° 48.516′ W. Marker is near Mountain Home, Idaho, in Elmore County. Marker is on Mayfield Road near East Rumsley Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mountain Home ID 83647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site 9 ★ Bowns Creek (approx. 3.7 miles away); Canyon Creek Station (approx. 8.2 miles away); Site 7 ★ Canyon Creek (approx. 8.2 miles away); Site 6 ★ Kelton Road (approx. 11.2 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 8 ★ Ditto Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
2. Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek Marker
 
 
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 373 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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