Near Carey in Blaine County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
At this spot, like many others, they had hardly enough space to get by. At times, they could not avoid lava stretches. But they slowly crept along, leaving their road strewn with parts of broken wagons. J.C. Merrill noted in 1864 that “at one place we were obliged to drive over a huge rock just a little wider than the wagon. Had we gone a foot to the right or to the left, the wagon would have rolled over.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 354.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 22.778′ N, 113° 43.239′ W. Marker is near Carey, Idaho, in Blaine County. Marker is on U.S. 20/26, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carey ID 83320, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Water and Lava (here, next to this marker); Just Down the Road (approx. 8.4 miles away); Are We Loving Them to Death? Where's the Volcano? (approx. 9.7 miles away); North Crater Lava Flow (approx. 9.7 miles away); North Crater Flow Trail (approx. 9.7 miles away); Get over it! (approx. 9.8 miles away); Just Down The Road (approx. 9.9 miles away).
Regarding Goodale's Cutoff. Goodale's Cutoff departed the Oregon Trail at Fort Hall, crossed the Snake River Plain past Southern Butte to Lost River, and then headed west across the Camas Prairie. Camas Prairie provided an approach to the Boise region that stayed north of the broad valley of the Snake. The cutoff rejoined the Oregon Trail at Ditto Creek. The 230-mile journey typically took two to three weeks.
Also see . . .
1. Oregon Trail. Goodale's Cutoff (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. National Park Service Website article about Goodale's Cutoff. Goodale's Cutoff is visible at many points along Highway, 20/26/93 between Craters of the Moon National Monument and Carey. (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Snake River Plain. Idaho Valcanoes (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Exploration • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers •
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