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Near American Falls in Power County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Oregon Trail

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. Oregon Trail Marker
Inscription. Immediately west of here you will cross a small canyon that Oregon Trail emigrants regarded as their most dangerous exposure to Indians.

After 1854, they had good reason to be alarmed. Wagon traffic has ruined important traditional Indian trails. Uncounted thousand of oxen, horses, sheep, and cattle had overgrazed a broad zone along their trail, leading to Indian resentment. Worse yet, a few emigrants has shot enough Indians to provoke a great deal of bitterness. Aug. 9, 1862, Pocatello's Shoshoni band resisted further wagon traffic here trapping a small emigrant party in a deep gully. An unusually fine stretch of wagon tracks leading to that site can be reached by a marked trail from here.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 338.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 41.706′ N, 112° 57.702′ W. Marker is near American Falls, Idaho, in Power County. Marker is on Interstate 86 at milepost 30 near Register Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: American Falls ID 83211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker
Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. Oregon Trail Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Snake River Rest Area Oregon Trail Kiosk (within shouting distance of this marker); Massacre Rock - A Clashing of Cultures (approx. 1.9 miles away); Massacre Rocks on Old Oregon Trail (approx. 1.9 miles away); Register Rock (approx. 4.1 miles away); American Falls Power Plants (approx. 7 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 7.2 miles away); A Town on the Move... (approx. 8.2 miles away); Power County War Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Falls.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Snake River Rest Area off of Interstate 86 Westbound.
 
Categories. DisastersRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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