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Near Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Great Westward Migration

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
1. The Great Westward Migration Marker
Inscription.  Never in history had so many moved voluntarily over such a distance. Look at the wagon wheel ruts in front of you. During the Great Western Migration more than 400,000 people packed up their goods and dreams and headed out over wagon roads like this.
Timing was crucial. It the migrants did not start by May. they faced the perils of early winter snows in the Rocky and Sierra Mountains. Their seven-month, 1600 mile journey would today take just a few days to drive. In spite of the hardships, many pioneers would later reminisce upon what was, for most, the defining adventure of their lives.

Early in January of 1849 we first thought of emigrating to California. It was a period of national hard times and we... longed to go to the new El Dorado and "pick up" gold enough with which to return and pay-off our debts....
It was with considerable apprehension that we started to traverse the treeless, alkali region of the Great Basin... Our wagons are badly worn, the animals much the worse for wear, food and stock feed was getting low with no chance of replenishing the supply.... It was no unusual sight to see graves, carcasses
The Great Westward Migration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
2. The Great Westward Migration Marker
of animals and abandoned wagons. In fact the latter furnished us with wood for the campfires as the sagebrush was scarce and unsatisfactory... ...like every other pioneer (I) love to live over again, in memory, those... months and revisit, in fancy, the scenes of the journey.
-- Catherine Haun, A Woman's Trip Across the Plains in 1849

 
Erected by Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 46.215′ N, 114° 57.586′ W. Marker is near Hagerman, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker is on Bell Rapids Road near Upper Salmon Falls Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerman ID 83332, 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. Manifest Destiny (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Volcanoes Along the Snake (about 500 feet away); Right Beneath Your Feet (about 700 feet away); Ancient Lakes (approx. 2 miles away); Sediments and Fossils (approx. 2 miles away); A Changing Climate (approx. 2 miles away); Where are the Fossils? (approx. 2 miles away); "The People" (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerman.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Oregon Trail Overlook in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
 
Categories.
View from Oregon Trail Overlook of the Oregon Trail below. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
3. View from Oregon Trail Overlook of the Oregon Trail below.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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