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Ketchum in Blaine County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Alexander Ross

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Alexander Ross Marker
Inscription. Searching the mountain wilderness for beaver, Alexander Ross came up Wood River and discovered this summit, Sept. 18, 1824.
Leading a large brigade of Hudson's Bay Company trappers, he wondered whether he ever could get through unknown mountains and rocky defiles that obstructed his passage back to his base of operations at present Challis. Unwilling to turn back, he pressed on to explore Stanley Basin and the difficult canyon beyond. When he reached Challis, Oct. 6, he had traveled this highway route from Bellevue to Salmon, mostly through unexplored land.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 302.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 52.902′ N, 114° 41.844′ W. Marker is in Ketchum, Idaho, in Blaine County. Marker is on State Highway 75 at milepost 156 near Forest Road 406, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ketchum ID 83340, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galena (approx. 2.3 miles away); Salmon River (approx.
Alexander Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Alexander Ross Marker
2.3 miles away); Vienna (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sawtooth City (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Alexander Ross - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Although Ross felt that his years in the Oregon country were spent in a smothering wilderness, he believed his years in Red River were filled with divine purpose. He never tried to escape his exile in the west as did so many fur traders who fled eagerly upon retirement to the Canadas or back to Great Britain. (Submitted on November 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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