Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The Oregon Trail
"The purpose of this expedition is to perpetuate the memory of the Old Oregon Trail and to honor the intrepid pioneers who made it and saved this great region the 'Old Oregon Country' for American rule."
Meeker started placing stone markers on the old Oregon Trail during his trip. He feared that the story and the route were being forgotten. Along the way, he talked to numerous school groups and encouraged the tasing of funds for monuments to commemorate the efforts of the hardy pioneers. The cities of Parma, Boise, Twin Falls, American Falls, Pocatello, Soda Springs and Montpelier responded to his appeal to fund local monuments. In Boise, nearly 1,200 pupils contributed funds and over 3,000 people attended the dedication of the monument that stands on the Statehouse grounds. Meeker not only completed his journey, but didn't stop until he reached Washington, D.C. There he was greeted by President Theodore Roosevelt, who pledged his support to help keep the memory of the pioneer's achievements and values alive.
In 1910, Meeker embarked
Ezra Meeker's preservation efforts have resulted in the identification and preservation of many segments of the Oregon Trail in Idaho as well as related trail sites. Upon his death at the age of 97, he was preparing for yet another cross-country trip. He believed there was still a need to publicize the efforts of the pioneers and their trail and that more was left to be done, but the seek had been planted.
Erected by Ada County Parks and Recreation, Idaho Department of Transportation,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 32.55′ N, 116° 6.582′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 21 and East Lake Forest Drive, on the right when traveling east on State Highway 21. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boise ID 83716, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Idaho's Emigrant Trails (a few steps from this marker); Bonneville Point (a few steps from this marker); Fort Boise (a few steps from this marker); Kelton Road (a few steps from this marker); "Our Road Was Very Steep..." (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Beaver Dick's Ferry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Whitman Overlook (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Oregon Trail display just off the highway.
Also see . . . Ezra Meeker and the Oregon Trail. Ezra became obsessed with the idea the Oregon Trail was becoming forgotten, so he took it upon himself to travel the trail again while in his 70s, to convince people in the towns along the way to erect monuments relating to the Trail, making several trips back and forth. He became an outspoken advocate of the preservation of the Trail and its legacy... (Submitted on June 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.