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

Manifest Destiny

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
1. Manifest Destiny Marker
Inscription.   It is ... our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty." John L. O'Sullivan, columnist, New York Morning News, December 1845

Today Americans take for granted that their nation stretches "from sea to shining sea." But when editor John O'Sullivan first coined the phrase manifest destiny in 1845 the States ended abruptly at mid-continent -- in Missouri.
Those two words - manifest destiny - captured the tumultuous times of 1840s America. Many argued it was inevitable that the same civilization republican democracy that had developed in the eastern states would keep expanding west to the Pacific. This set in motion events that changed and redefined the "ownership' of half of North America and the lives of all its native inhabitants.
Here on the Oregon Trail, over 400,000 emigrants went west in less than a single generation. Without question, the idea of manifest destiny impacted the lives of all people who lived from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
2. Manifest Destiny Marker
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 42° 46.189′ N, 114° 57.491′ W. Marker is near Hagerman, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached from 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. Volcanoes Along the Snake (within shouting distance of this marker); Right Beneath Your Feet (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Westward Migration (about 500 feet away); Ancient Lakes (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sediments and Fossils (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Changing Climate (approx. 1.9 miles away); Where are the Fossils? (approx. 1.9 miles away); "The People" (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerman.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on a short trail taking off from Oregon Trail Overlook in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
 
Also see . . .  Manifest Destiny - Wikipedia. It is more complicated than you think. (Submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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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 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 15, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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