“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

History of the Malad River

History of the Malad River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 16, 2010
1. History of the Malad River Marker

Malad History
If eating food somewhere made you sick, how would you warn others of the danger? Fur trappers and traders named the Malad River the Riviere Aux Malad, or “sickly river,” after becoming hill from eating beaver trapped on its banks. The illness was attributed to poisonous roots the beaver fed upon. Exploration of the Malad area began in the early 1800s when British and American fur trappers competed for territory in southwest Idaho. Many expeditions were led between 1811 and 1843, when the Oregon Trail migration began.

One of the World’s Shortest Rivers
Just 2.5 miles in length, the Malad River is among the world’s shortest rivers. Its source is the Big Wood and Little Wood rivers that supplement the relatively constant discharge of the Malad Springs. The water from these rivers is stored in reservoirs upstream and is used almost exclusively for irrigation purposes. Water within the Malad flume is carried to the upper and lower power plants and flows into the Snake River from the lower power plant. The annual average combined generation for the Malad Project is 168,733 megawatt hours, enough to power more than 13,750 Idaho homes.

The River Has Seen Many Uses

Erected 2008 by Idaho Power.
Location. 42° 51.918′ N, 114° 53.808′ W. Marker is near Hagerman, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Road and U.S. 30. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerman ID 83332, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woody's Cove / The Hagerman Valley (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fossil Beds (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Malad Springs (approx. 2 miles away); Formation of Malad Gorge (approx. 2 miles away); Salmon Falls (approx. 8.6 miles away); Thousand Springs (approx. 8.6 miles away); Fishing Falls (approx. 10.8 miles away); Payne's Ferry (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerman.
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Malad Flume image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 16, 2010
4. Malad Flume
View to north from US30 bridge
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 5, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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