Near Fruitland in Payette County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The Oregon Trail forded the river at Old Fort Boise, the Hudson's Bay Company 12 miles upstream. Many a famous early westerner saw the valley you now see - though the look of the land has changed since white settlement brought irrigated farms. Today the river provides both irrigation and power along its thousand-mile course from the Yellowstone to the Columbia. Highways, railroads, and airlines follow its open valley east of here; but to the north, Hell's Canyon of the Snake is still almost impassable to man.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 263.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 59.629′ N, 116° 56.162′ W. Marker is near Fruitland, Idaho, in Payette County. Marker is on Interstate 84 at milepost 1, 1.9 miles north of U.S. 95, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Eastbound Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Fruitland ID 83619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured Salmon Festival (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ontario Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 1.6 miles away in Oregon); Francois Payette (approx. 5.1 miles away); Payette World War I Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); New Plymouth (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named New Plymouth (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named New Plymouth (approx. 6 miles away); Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage (approx. 8.2 miles away in Oregon).
Categories. • Natural Features • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 1,220 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.