Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Not A Walk In The Park...
Many emigrants were thrilled by both a new sense of freedom and the unknown dangers that lay ahead. Most however, lived in fear of Indian attack. Rumors of - even hoaxes about - trailside massacres drifted back to Eastern newspapers, and many travelers packed a virtual arsenal to protect themselves on the road.
Native Americans harbored hopes and fears too, as they watched the swelling tide of foreign humanity and hungry livestock surge into their country. For the most part, emigrants fears were unfounded. Historians conclude that more Indian people that emigrants were killed in clashes along the Oregon and California trails. A greater menace to travelers were so-called "white Indians," bands of vicious outlaws -- sometimes disguised as native warriors who stalked and plundered emigrant parties.
Not far from here in 1861, a tragedy took the lives of an entire emigrant family. Three trappers discovered their remains. Although there were no eyewitnesses of the killings, the trappers learn that when the wagon train pulled out the
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 42° 39.36′ N, 111° 36.39′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from South 1st Street West near West Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 South 1st Street West, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father De Smet Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Niels Anderson ---- Mary Christoffersen Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (about 400 feet away); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (about 400 feet away); "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" (about 500 feet away); George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
More about this marker. This marker is in the Fairview Cemetery.
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