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

Fort Hall

 
 
Fort Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
1. Fort Hall Marker
Captions: (top right) Sketch of Fort Hall by William Tappan in 1849 depicts adobe outer wall and blockhouse fortifications.; (center right) Nathaniel Wyeth; (bottom left) Interior of Fort Hall from the report of Major Oscorn Cross, October 1849.
Inscription. For over two decades (1834-1856), fur trappers and Oregon Trail wagon trains passed by the doors of this adobe fort. Nathaniel Wyeth, an ambitious Bostonian, built the post in 1834 but soon sold his holdings to the Hudson's Bay Company, whose staff took over in 1838. British Fort Hall continued to welcome travelers even though it became United States territory in 1846. The site is currently part of the Fort Hall Reservation and is administered by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Council. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1966. A Fort Hall replica, located at Pocatello's Ross Park, is open to the public.

"We commenced the Fort which was a stockade 80 ft square built of Cotton wood trees set on end sunk 2 1/2 feet in the ground and standing about 15 feet above with two bastions 8 ft square at the opposite angles. On the 4th of August the Fort was completed. And on the 5th the 'Stars and Stripes" were unfurled to the breeze at Sunrise in the center of a savage and uncivilized country over an American Trading Post." -- Osborne Russell, July 18, 1834

"Paid a visit to Capt. Grant. Fort Hall is a small and rather ill constructed Fort, built of 'Dobie.'... The Fort is near the entrance of Portneuf into the Snake River. The river bottoms are wide and have some fertile lands, but much
Fort Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
2. Fort Hall Marker
This marker is on the right.
is injured by the salt deposits of the waters from neighboring hill. Wheat, turnips have grown here with success. Cattle thrive well."
-- Theodore Talbot, September 1843
 
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. 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. Sheep Rock Geology (here, next to this marker); Trails, Rails and Highways (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
Oregon Trail Kiosk near Sheep Rock image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 22, 2017
3. Oregon Trail Kiosk near Sheep Rock
on the Oregon Trail near Sheep Rock (Soda Point).
 
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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 108 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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