Mountain Home in Elmore County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Mountain Home Arrives in a 50-pound Soapbox
In 1881, when the Oregon Short Line began building through Southern Idaho Territory, Jackson who had a desert claim t 320 acres of fields along the route, laid out the survey stakes for a town site parallel to the new tracks. The towns first businessman, Mr. Tutwiler, inside his tent set up a whiskey barrel on sawhorses. The thirsty railroad workers cheered, "Hurrah for Tut" and named the town Tutville.
The first train steamed into "Tutville" on July 7, 1883. Postmaster and Stage Agent Jule Haager quickly packed up The Mountain Home Post Office in a soapbox and relocated the mail to the rail, bringing with him the name, Mountain Home.
Erected by E Clampus Vitus, Chief Truckee Chapter #3691 Lewis and Clark Outpost #1805 and Elmore County Historical Society. (Marker Number 2004.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 43° 7.945′ N, 115° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 North Main Street, Mountain Home ID 83647, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountain Home Irrigation District (approx. 1.7 miles away); Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rattlesnake Station (approx. 8.4 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.