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Near Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Captain Bonneville

 
 
Captain Bonneville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 14, 2010
1. Captain Bonneville Marker
Inscription.  

Bonneville Point

According to tradition, a hunting party led by the explorer Captain Benjamin Bonneville reached this promontory in 1833. They saw the lush river valley below and exclaimed in French, “Les bois; les bois; vouyez le bois!” (“The woods; the woods; see the woods!”) In this way, Captain Bonneville’s party became credited with naming the Boise Valley.

A career soldier, Bonneville secured a leave of absence from the Army to “examine the locations, habits and trading practices of the Indian tribes, visit the American and British establishments, and study the best means of making the country available to American citizens.” He left St. Louis in May 1832 with 110 men and 20 wagons.

Bonneville explored Utah’s Great Salt Lake and crossed southern Idaho several times. His routes helped establish what became the Oregon Trail for settlers entering the Boise River Valley. He finally returned to the East in 1835.

Today, Bonneville County, Idaho, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River are named in his honor.

”Bonneville
Captain Bonneville Marker and Bonneville Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 14, 2010
2. Captain Bonneville Marker and Bonneville Point Marker
considered the country about the Boise (or Woody) river as the most enchanting he had seen in the Far West, and described it as presenting the mingled grandeur and beauty of mountain and plain; of bright running streams and vast grassy meadows waving to the breeze.”
-Washington Irving, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, 1837


Bonneville Point Time Line
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration.
 
Location. 43° 29.513′ N, 116° 2.434′ W. Marker is near Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker can be reached from S. Upper Blacks Creek Road 1.3
View to Northwest from Bonneville Point Interpretive Site image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 14, 2010
4. View to Northwest from Bonneville Point Interpretive Site
The route of the Oregon Trail is in the foreground, and the city of Boise and the Boise River Valley are in the background
miles north of E. Blacks Creek Road. Marker is located at the Bonneville Point interpretive site along the route of the Oregon Trail at the end of S. Upper Blacks Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boise ID 83716, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bonneville Point (here, next to this marker); The Fur Trade and the Tide of Emigration (here, next to this marker); The Hunt Expedition (a few steps from this marker); The Shoshone and Northern Paiute (a few steps from this marker); Site 10 ★ Blacks Creek Road Crossing (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Foote Legacy in Idaho (approx. 2.6 miles away); Basque Country (approx. 3.4 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 730 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on November 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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