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Near Tetonia in Teton County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

John Colter

 
 
John Colter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2017
1. John Colter Marker
Inscription. Discovered this valley in 1808 while exploring the Yellowstone and Upper Snake country in search of beaver.
Setting out all by himself with it gun and a 30 pound pack he tried to get the Indians to join in his trapping business. On his way here from a Yellowstone post 240 miles to the northeast, he came upon Colter's Hell -- some hot springs near Cody Wyoming. On his way back, he explored Yellowstone Park. In the spring of 1810 after several perilous escapes from the Blackfeet, he returned to Missouri, lucky to be alive.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 225.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 47.55′ N, 111° 6.648′ W. Marker is near Tetonia, Idaho, in Teton County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 33 at milepost 136.5 and Trouts Ranch Road, on the left when traveling south on State Highway 33. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 485 Idaho Highway 33, Tetonia ID 83452, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Teton Range (a few steps from this marker); Fordson Tractor
John Colter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 23, 2017
2. John Colter Marker
Marker on the left
(approx. 3.4 miles away); Tetonia School Bell (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named John Colter (approx. 4.7 miles away); Teton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Pierre's Hole Rendezvous and Battle (approx. 5.9 miles away); Pierre's Hole (approx. 7Ĺ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  John Colter: The First Mountain Man -- New American. Although the details of John Colterís extraordinary life and achievements are known primarily from the accounts of others (Colter kept no journals), enough is known to say with confidence that John Colter — hunter, trapper, explorer, and Indian fighter extraordinaire — deserves to be known as the first mountain man, the earliest in a lineage of intrepid men who explored the West... (Submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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