Near Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Early day big game hunters who occupied lava caves around here more than 12,000 years ago, had a diet that included elephants, camels and giant bison.
When a gradual change to a warmer, drier climate made local grasslands into more desert their elephant herds left for cooler plains father north. But 8,000 years ago, bison still were available here. Indians continued to hunt buffalo on these plains until about 1840. Then they had to go to Montana for their plains hunting trips.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 365.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 43° 32.574′ N, 112° 21.198′ W. Marker is near Idaho Falls, Idaho, in Bonneville County. Marker is on West Arco Highway (U.S. 20 at milepost 291) near North 135 West, on the left when traveling west Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 West Arco Highway, Idaho Falls ID 83402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sheepcamp Wagon (approx. 15.1 miles away); Pioneer School Bus Replica (approx. 15.1 miles away); Covered Wagon (approx. 15.1 miles away); The Barn (approx. 15.1 miles away); Alridge School (approx. 15.1 miles away); General Store (approx. 15.1 miles away); Pioneer Cabin (approx. 15.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 5,052 times since then and 1,074 times this year. Last updated on May 30, 2021, by Laura Anderton of Mackay, Idaho. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.