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

William Henry Harrison

 
 
William Henry Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. William Henry Harrison Marker
Sheep Rock is in the background.
Inscription.
Oregon Trail Memorial
Erected 1931
Restored 1978
Caribou County 4H Builders Club

In honor of William Henry Harrison of Massachusetts who lost his life on the Oregon Trail about 1850.
Erected by his niece Mrs. Alura F. Beardsley, 1931

(back of monument)

One mile south-west near the river precipice is a monument on the site of the massacre of 1860 of sixteen men, women and children.

 
Erected 1931.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 38.865′ N, 111° 42.124′ W. Marker is near Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on Soda Point Power Plant Road near Reservoir Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1599 Soda Point Power Plant Road, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guiding Landmark... (here, next to this marker); Horatio's Journey (here, next to this marker); The Value Of A Shortcut (here, next to this marker); John Bidwell
William Henry Harrison Marker, back-side image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. William Henry Harrison Marker, back-side
(here, next to this marker); Bear River Lava (a few steps from this marker); Fort Hall (a few steps from this marker); Hudspeth Cutoff (a few steps from this marker); Sheep Rock Geology (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
Regarding William Henry Harrison. Near the base of Sheep Rock ... is the locally famous William Henry Harrison monument , erected in 1931 by his niece to commemorate his death of the Oregon Trail in 1950. There is no further documentation concerning Harrison's death or its significance to the Oregon Trail. The monument also makes a reference to the "massacre" of 16 men, women, and children in 1860, about one mile to the southwest. In that vicinity ... a local rancher was able to point out an iron stake driven into the ground, which local legend clains as a marker of the burial site of those victims. This massacre is even less documented than the Wagonbox Burial, so no historian has ever been able to find a reference to it. The suspected massacre site is on private land, and the Harrison monument is located on Idaho Department of Transportation property, near a
William Henry Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
3. William Henry Harrison Marker
maintenance shop.
-- Oregon National Historic Trail: Comprehensive Management and Use Plan (https://books.google.com/books?id=uUQ3AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA246&lpg=PA246&dq=Sheep+Rock+Massacre&source=bl&ots=VcjMCzI0Bh&sig=deXdEQLpE6soa6oKWgqMidlw1Uc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5tu31wsjVAhXjx1QKHVLiAdEQ6AEINzAG#v=onepage&q=Sheep%20Rock%20Massacre&f=false)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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