Near Bancroft in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Stampeding 49'ers would try anything to save miles and time in their rush for California's gold: the regular Oregon and California trails looped north of here to Fort Hall, but on July 19, 1849 Benoni M. Hudspeth lead a party west from Soda Springs through rough country hoping for a more direct route through a gap 1.4 miles south of here. This immediately became the main road, though it saved far less than Hudspeth thought.
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 161.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 37.794′ N, 111° 55.044′ W. Marker is near Bancroft, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on U.S. 30 at milepost 376.2 near Lundgren Canyon Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bancroft ID 83217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chesterfield (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lava Hot Springs' healing waters Furs and farms, fire and floods... (approx. 4.8 miles away); Lead Bell Mining Company (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Hudspethw's Cutoff 0 Idaho Historical Society. Elijah Farnham, who took the new trail only the day after Hudspeth's party had opened it, noted that it already had carried traffic enough "so it looks like an old road of a great deal of travel." (Submitted on August 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.