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Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wheels of Change

 
 
Wheels of Change Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2018
1. Wheels of Change Marker
Inscription.  "When we first came in sight of Boise City and valley we were upon a hill seven miles distant." -- Julius Caesar Merrill, 1864

Creaking, groaning wheels, the dust so thick that the hunch-back oxen ahead looked more like tawny shadows. Four months into the journey, a little more than 1,600 miles out, and another 400 to go. Then came the river, the beckoning shade of cottonwoods and fish so numerous that many travelers marveled in their journals at the stream thick with salmon. Some, captivated by a river valley "beautiful in the extreme," stayed and became Idaho's own pioneers.
The wagon wheels were more than the means of transporting people and their dreams west. Each wheel left not only a track, but also its imprint.
Walk with the pioneers. Experience this small stretch of the Oregon Trail and, for a few moments, step back into a unique part of our history.
 
Erected by Boise Parks & Recreation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
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. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list.
 
Location. 43° 33.062′ N, 116° 7.407′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker can be reached from East Lake Forest Drive near Orchid Way, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5000 East Lake Forest Drive, Boise ID 83716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Oregon Trail (here, next to this marker); Whitman Overlook (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Our Road Was Very Steep…" (approx. half a mile away); Ezra Meeker (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bonneville Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); Idaho's Emigrant Trails (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Boise (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kelton Road (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
 
More about this marker. This maker is located at the Whitman Trailhead in Oregon Trail Historic Reserve.
 
Wheels of Change Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2018
2. Wheels of Change Marker
Old Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2018
3. Old Oregon Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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