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Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton

With Gratitude and Loving Memory

 
 
George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
1. George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton Marker
Inscription. George and Leah were parents of eleven children. In early November, 1884 George and Leah lost four of their five young daughters, in a two week period, to a terrible diphtheria epidemic. Leah did not like the Pioneer Cemetery east of town because of high ground water which sometimes filled the grave as they were dug, and would not have her precious daughters buried there.
George and Leah donated to the Village of Soda Springs the site for our Fairview Cemetery and this property for a park. Leah wanted a small park at this location for ladies to sit and meditate or rest while shopping. The Geyser came along years later.
George and Leah were prominent early pioneers of Soda Springs. George founded Gorton's Supply Store (one in Soda Springs and another on Carriboo Mountain). He was active in civic affairs, serving as deputy U.S. Marshal, county commissioner, county treasurer and representative in the Idaho Legislature.
In the early spring of 1896 through the efforts of George W. Gorton, a formal petition was present to the Board of County Commissioners of Bannock County for the incorporation of the village of Soda Springs. It was successful and Soda Springs was incorporated May 18, 1896.
 
Location. 42° 39.408′ N, 111° 36.288′ W. Marker is
George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 21, 2017
2. George W. and Leah Wallet Gorton Marker
in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker can be reached from East 1st Street South near South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Springs of Soda Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (within shouting distance of this marker); "It Roars Like a Mad Dragon" (within shouting distance of this marker); Ground Observer Corps National Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Caribou Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dinkey Engine (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Geyser Park.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Last updated on August 6, 2017, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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