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

Sheep Rock Geology

 
 
Sheep Rock Geology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. Sheep Rock Geology Marker
Captions: ( top right) Nearby Alexander Dam was built on the Bear River in 1923, forming Alexander Reservoir.; (center right) Map of the Bear River area. (bottom left) Soda Springs Hills to Bear River Range Geological Cross-section.
Inscription. Lava eruptions west of Sheep Rock at least 140,000 years ago blocked the Bear River from draining into the Snake River system. Instead, the Bear was forced to drain into what was then Lakes Thatcher and Bonneville to the south. The Bear River's course forms a giant horseshoe shape between its source in the high Unita Mountains of eastern Utah and where it enters the Great Salt Lake northwest of Ogden.
This high, rocky, abrupt termination of the mountain, a prominent Oregon Trail landmark, is the northern terminus of the Bear River Range, which is continuous with the Wasatch Mountains. The Bear River flows around the base of the mountains before turning south.
Just west of Sheep Rock is Alexander Crater, a basaltic cinder cone less than 20,000 years old that was mentioned in several Oregon Trail diaries. John C. Fremont, in 1843, described Alexander Crater as "a very perfectly vertical, and disposed like masonry in a very regular manner..." In recent years the crater has been mined for gravel and landscaping materials.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 38.861′ N, 111° 42.111′ W.
Sheep Rock Geology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. Sheep Rock Geology Marker
This marker is on the left.
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. Trails, Rails and Highways (here, next to this marker); Fort Hall (here, next to this marker); Idaho's Emigrant Trails (here, next to this marker); Hudspeth Cutoff (here, next to this marker); The Value Of A Shortcut (a few steps from this marker); Guiding Landmark... (a few steps from this marker); Horatio's Journey (a few steps from this marker); William Henry Harrison (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
 
More about this marker. There are five markers inside this kiosk located on the Oregon Trail near Sheep Rock (Soda Point).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Oregon Trail Kiosk near Sheep Rock image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
3. Oregon Trail Kiosk near Sheep Rock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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