“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

One Continual Stream

One Continual Stream Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. One Continual Stream Marker
Captions: (top left) James Cayman; (center left) An illustration of a female figure of America leading pioneers and railroad westward; (bottom left) Mormons near Fort Bridger, Wyoming by William Henry Jackson; (upper right) Emigrants crossing the plains by Henry Bryan Hall.
Inscription.  "One continual stream of honest looking open harted people going west" - James Cayman, mountain man, captured this sentiment in his diary as he watched pioneers heading west in 1846.

Between 1841 and 1869 nearly 300,000 farmers, merchants, miners and adventurers bid farewell to friends and relatives before beginning the daunting 2,000-mile Oregon/California Trail to the fertile farmland of Oregon's Willamette Valley or to California's warmth - and even gold. Still others were traveling to Utah to join the new Mormon settlements in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah.

From Sea to Shining Sea....Manifest Destiny
Many in the United States believed that it was the obligation of Americans to expand the young country from sea to sea.

Allure of the West
An eagerness to see the West began when the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest (1804-1806) returned with tantalizing tales of fertile land, bountiful water, and open spaces. Later, fur trappers, traders, mountain men, and explorers returning from the West confirming the tales.
Naturally, these accounts caught
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the attention of farmers and business people eking out livelihoods and suffering from the economic Panic of 1837 and, later, the Civil War. With little awareness of the trials and tribulations that lay ahead, thousands of brave men, women, and children, abandoned all they knew and headed westward on the Oregon/California Trail. Hand-pulled carts and small covered wagons drawn by horses or oxen transported the emigrants' furniture, supplies, food, and family treasures. Many would never see their relatives again, and many would die before completing their great journey.
Erected by The National Oregon/California Trail Center.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list.
Location. 42° 14.149′ N, 111° 13.975′ W. Marker is near Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on U.S. 30 at milepost 441.7 near Hunters Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hot, Cold, Dry, Wet, Dusty, 2,000-Mile Trail (here, next to this marker); Big Hill (here, next to this marker); Idaho's Emigrant Trails
One Continual Stream Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. One Continual Stream Marker
This marker is second from the left.
(here, next to this marker); Big Hill... (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Big Hill (a few steps from this marker); The McAuley Cutoff (within shouting distance of this marker); McAuley's Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith's Trading Post (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
More about this marker. This marker is located in the stone kiosk.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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