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

Old Delta Sediments

Old Delta Sediments Marker, missing image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Old Delta Sediments Marker, missing
Inscription. Diverted into this valley by lava flows, the Bear River deposited a huge, mostly red clay delta here where it entered a vast inland sea that covered much of Utah.
About 14,500 years ago , its shoreline suddenly went down about 80 feet following an enormous discharge into the Snake River. From then on, it gradually receded to become the Salt Lake. Bear River then had to cut through and erode its old delta, forming the steep sides and gullies you see here today.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 432.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 9.844′ N, 111° 49.904′ W. Marker is near Preston, Idaho, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 36 at milepost 12.9 and North Sage Ridge Road, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 36. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Preston ID 83263, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shoshone (approx. 3.9 miles away); Shoshone Bear River Winter Home (approx. 3.9 miles away); Change and Conflict (approx. 3.9 miles away); California Volunteers March to the Bear River (approx. 4 miles away); Attack at Bia Ogoi (approx. 4 miles away); A Battle Becomes a Massacre (approx. 4 miles away); The Earth Will Remember (approx. 4 miles away); Bear River Massacre (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
Categories. Natural FeaturesPaleontologyWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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