Near Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The Oregon Trail
The discovery of the gold during the summer of 1862 in the Boise Basin and the Owyhees changed the situation. The new commander of the District of Oregon. General Benjamin Alford, reported on October 14, 1862, that the need for a military post to protect both white and native peoples, had increased tenfold since 1860. The Governor of Washington, whose territory included all of later Idaho, firmly endorsed the need. Wright, now a general and commander of the Pacific, urged immediate action. On January 14, 1863, the Secretary of War authorized the new post. Alvord recommend a site about 40 miles up the Boise River from its confluence with the Snake River, and Major Pinckney Lugenbeel left Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, on June 1 to build the new post.
Major Lugenbeel arrived
On April 5, 1879, the fort was redesignated Boise Barracks. Military units continued to serve and protect the citizens of Boise and southwestern Idaho until the fort was formally abandoned in 1913. Soldiers returned briefly in 1916 to prepare for the Mexican border campaign, and again between 1942 and 1944. From 1920 to the present, a veterans hospital has occupied the main part of the grounds, and it continues to utilize the buildings.
Erected by Ada County Parks and Recreation, Idaho Department of Transportation, Simplot.
Location. 43° 32.544′ N, 116° 6.576′ W. Marker is near 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); Kelton Road (a few steps from this marker); Ezra Meeker (a few steps from this marker); Bonneville Point (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.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.