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Caldwell in Canyon County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Emigrant Crossing

 
 
Emigrant Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, September 9, 2009
1. Emigrant Crossing Marker
Inscription.  After reaching Boise River, emigrant wagons had to travel 30 miles to find a good crossing about 1/4 mile north of here.

They had to avoid a wide zone of shifting channels, so they descended Canyon Hill where the route is still visible. In 1853, Maria Belshaw "...crossed Boise River at ford, 15 rods wide 3 feet deep, beautiful river, gravel bottom, very clear, large salmon in it." After crossing, the road headed westward along a route that became US 20.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 455.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
 
Location. 43° 41.296′ N, 116° 41.296′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Idaho, in Canyon County. Marker is on U.S. 30, 0 miles east of West Plymouth Road, on the right when traveling east. Located off of Interstate 84 at Exit 26 on Old Hwy 30. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell ID 83607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caldwell Train Depot (approx. 1.4 miles away); A.K. Steunenberg, Frank Steunenberg (approx. 1˝ miles away); Idaho's First Heroine - Madame Marie Dorion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hostility Erupts Into Violence (approx. 4 miles away); Peaceful Trading Turns Hostile (approx. 4 miles away); Violence is Avenged (approx. 4 miles away); To the Memory of the Pioneers (approx. 4 miles away); The Ward Massacre (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caldwell.
 
Additional keywords. Oregon Trail, Boise River
 
Emigrant Crossing Marker Off of Old Hwy 30 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, May 25, 2007
2. Emigrant Crossing Marker Off of Old Hwy 30
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 2,640 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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