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Near Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Smith's Trading Post

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Smith's Trading Post Marker
Inscription. In 1848, Pegleg Smith established a trading post on the Oregon Trail at Big Timber somewhere near here on the river.
Some travelers called it "Fort Smith", though it had only four log cabins and some Indian lodges. Packing a plow and tools from Salt Lake City, Smith (a mountain man who had to amputate his own leg 20 years before) tried unsuccessfully to raise crops. But he did a big business when the California gold rush of 1849 brought thousands past here; 49'ers reported that he had many horses and cattle and was making $100 a day.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society and Idaho Transportation Department. (Marker Number 159.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 15.162′ N, 111° 15.354′ W. Marker is near Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on U.S. 30 at milepost 440.1 near Bench Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McAuley's Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); The McAuley Cutoff (approx. 1.6 miles away); Big Hill
Smith's Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Smith's Trading Post Marker
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Big Hill... (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hot, Cold, Dry, Wet, Dusty, 2,000-Mile Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Big Hill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Idaho's Emigrant Trails (approx. 1.7 miles away); One Continual Stream (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Also see . . .  Liar Peg Leg Smith Monument - Roadside America. Peg Leg Smith was a "mountain man, prospector, and spinner of tall tales," who lived from 1801 to 1866. A born Kentuckian who staggered West and never returned, Smith claimed he found pure gold nuggets in the Borrego Springs area. Peg Leg would tell anyone who'd listen about the "fabulous wealth" hidden in the hills. It was hidden because Peg Leg couldn't exactly remember where the mine was... (Submitted on November 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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