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Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Old Oregon Trail - West Boise

 
 
Old Oregon Trail - West Boise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
1. Old Oregon Trail - West Boise Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Between 1843 and 1869 over 300,000 emigrants fulfilled Americas's Manifest Destiny by voluntarily relocating to Oregon and California. Their nearly 2,000 mile journey along game trails long used by the early Native Americans would become known as the Oregon Trail. Many of those early pioneers passed this site, pausing to trade with the Native Americans living here and later with travelers who chose the Boise area for their new homes. Emigrant diaries note the trail's route passed here.
One of those early emigrants, Ezra Meeker, returned back along the route passing near here in 1906 and 1910. His purpose for making the trip at age 76 was to seek protection and preservation of the Oregon Trail as an important American historical heritage. Sculptor Avard Fairbanks, moved by Meeker's effort, prepared a bronze sculpture, which has been recast and placed in this monument. His "Medallion" captures the anguish and the hardships suffered by those early pioneers and preserve the memory of that long journey to a new beginning utilized by so many brave Americans.
On August 5, 2008, the descendants of Avard Fairbanks in cooperation with Staples. The Idaho
Old Oregon Trail - West Boise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
2. Old Oregon Trail - West Boise Marker
and Northwest Chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and the Snake River Outpost No. 1811 of Lucinda J. Saunders Chapter No. 1881, E Clampus Vitus, Dedicate this monument to the memory of the many people who traveled the "Old Oregon Trail."
 
Erected 2008 by Descendants of Avard Fairbanks in cooperation with Staples, Oregon-California Trails Association, Idaho and Northwest Chapters; and E Clampus Vitus, Snake River Outpost No. 1811 of Lucinda J. Saunders Chapter No. 1881.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 43° 39.768′ N, 116° 21.297′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Eagle Road (State Highway 55) and U.S. 26, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6299 North Eagle Road, Boise ID 83713, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Initial Point (approx. 4.4 miles away); Boise High School (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Log Cabin (approx. 8.2 miles away); McClelland (sic) Ferry (approx. 8.3 miles away); The WPA (Works Project Administration)
The Avard Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
3. The Avard Medallion
(approx. 8.3 miles away); Wilson Price Hunt Expedition (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Boise Gallery of Art - 1937 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Tom and Julia Davis Homesite (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the northeast corner of the Staples parking lot. It is only visible in the Stables parking lot.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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