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Near Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Steamer "Shoshone"

 
 
Steamer "Shoshone" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, June 21, 2010
1. Steamer "Shoshone" Marker
Inscription.  The boat was built in 1866 to provide easy river travel for a part of the route from the Columbia to Boise and Silver City.

It was intended to ply 105 miles between here and Old's Ferry. Once it even explored the river for 60 miles above here, astonishing the jackrabbits with its ambitious whistle. But business was poor and firewood for the boilers was scarce, and service stopped after a few trips. Finally in a hair-raising ride, the 136-foot, 300-ton boat was run down through Hell's Canyon and to the Columbia.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 194.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 43° 20.454′ N, 116° 36.237′ W. Marker is near Melba, Idaho, in Owyhee County. Marker is on State Highway 45 at milepost 10,, half a mile south of Ferry Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melba ID 83641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker
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, measured as the crow flies. Tower Theater (approx. 4.4 miles away); Guffey Bridge Snake River Idaho (approx. 5 miles away); Givens Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); Givens Hot Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Otter Massacre (approx. 9 miles away); The Murphy School House District 14 (approx. 9 miles away); War Eagle Mines (approx. 13˝ miles away); Diamond Gulch (approx. 13˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melba.
 
Steamer "Shoshone" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rebecca Maxwell, June 21, 2010
2. Steamer "Shoshone" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2010, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 10, 2023