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Georgetown in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

This verdant valley, a welcome oasis

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2019
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Inscription.   "Here we found pure water, sufficient for all of us and our cattle. Here we found oceans of grass and thousands of acres of rich, level land covered with wild flax." P.V. Crawford, July 8, 1851

Lush meadows and abundant water welcomed thousands of weary, westward-bound Oregon Trail travelers between 1849-1870.
By 1871, these emigrants were succeeded by Mormon settlers who came to stay, briefly naming their new settlement "Twin Creeks." The village, nestled in this lush valley framed by Meade Peak to the east (elev. 9,957 ft.) and Sherman Peak to the west (elev. 9,692 ft.), was incorporated as Georgetown in 1967.

Harvesting a bountiful land
Early settlers found abundant wild game, fish and fruit. Soon, farmers were exporting alfalfa, hay, and grains to Wyoming coal mines or Salt Lake City markets. From the 1940s-1960s strawberries and raspberries were shipped by rail to Salt Lake City.
While agriculture remains a cornerstone of the valley's economy, recreation is also important today.

Phosphate in the hills
Georgetown's "gold"
Gold and silver may
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be Idaho's most glamorous minerals, but our most plentiful is phosphate. The hills east of Georgetown are rich with this sedimentary rock.
Phosphate mining at the Georgetown Canyon Mine was the area's major industry for many years. Phosphate is used in many products from lawn fertilizers to toothpaste and soda pop. Utah Fertilizer and Chemical Manufacturing Company began mining in Georgetown Canyon in 1909.
In 1955, Central Farmers Fertilizer Company began open-pit mining. The mine has not produced ore since 1964.
 
Location. 42° 28.446′ N, 111° 22.239′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on West 3rd Street near U.S. 30, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 161 West 3rd Street, Georgetown ID 83239, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Georgetown's First Public Building (here, next to this marker); First Public Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Tithing Office (approx. 11.1 miles away); White Dugway (approx. 11.1 miles away); A Strong Building, Stock Chevys and Railroad (approx. 11.2 miles away); Cleaners, Hospital, Plumbers and a Big Bear (approx. 11.3 miles away); A Look at Memory Lane (approx. 11.3 miles away); Second Bank of Montpelier (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
More about this marker. This marker is found on the Oregon Trail/Bear Lake Scenic Byway.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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