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

Bear Lake

 
 
Bear Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. Bear Lake Marker
Inscription. Discovered in 1812 by trappers returning home from Astoria, Oregon, this valley and its large lake soon became an important fur trade center.
Donald Mackenzie, Jim Bridger and a host of famous beaver hunters operated here. Two major summer frolics and trade fairs brought plenty of excitement to Bear Lake in 1827 and 1828. Helping local Indians repel Blackfoot invaders, those trappers never forgot their wild festivals here.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 382.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 1.842′ N, 111° 24.006′ W. Marker is near Fish Haven, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on U.S. 89 at milepost 2.2 near Loveland Lane, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fish Haven ID 83287, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Oregon Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away in Utah); Gutzon Borglum Monument (approx. 5.7 miles away); St. Charles (approx. 5.7 miles away); British Settlers
Bear Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. Bear Lake Marker
This marker is the left-most of the two panels.
(approx. 10.6 miles away); Fur Traders Rendezvous (approx. 12.2 miles away in Utah); Thomas Sleight Cabin (approx. 13.3 miles away); Our First Church (approx. 13.4 miles away); Paris (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The 1828 Sweet Lake (Bear Lake) Rendezvous. “So you see I did not gamble nor spend much on alcohol, as some others did.” ~ Phillip Covington (Submitted on July 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Fur Trade
 
Categories. ExplorationIndustry & CommerceNative Americans
 
Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway information panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
3. Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway information panel
Click on image to enlarge it.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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