Near Imnaha in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Bonneville Expedition
"When great obstacles present, and threaten to keep them back, their hearts swell, and they push forward" Washington Irving
An exploration party crossed this divide between the Snake and the Imnaha in winter.
Capt. B.L.E. Bonneville and three companions left Pocatello, Idaho Christmas Day 1833 for Fort Walla Walla on the Columbia River. The Snake River's impassable Hells Canyon forced them to climb out over this snow-covered divide.
The exhausted men and pack animals endured 20 days of extreme hardships before reaching the Imnaha River.
Erected by Wallowa - Whitman National Forest.
Location. 45° 11.515′ N, 116° 45.793′ W. Marker is near Imnaha, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 3965 4˝ miles north of Forest Road 490, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Imnaha OR 97842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Story Written in Stone (approx. 5.9 miles away); Land Of Fire And Water (approx. 5.9 miles away); Look Over Hells Canyon ... (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (approx. 5.9 miles away).
Regarding The Bonneville Expedition.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for Benjamin Bonneville. “On the way to Washington, D.C., he stopped in New York City where he was received by his patron John Jacob Astor. While staying with Astor, Bonneville met Washington Irving. Bonneville regaled Irving with tales of his adventures, tales that Bonneville planned to include in a book he was working on. “A month or two later, Irving visited Bonneville again, at the D.C. barracks where the latter was staying. Bonneville was having difficulties writing his adventures. The two of them agreed that for the sum of $1000, Bonneville would turn over his maps and notes so that Irving could use them as the basis for his third ‘Western’ book. The result was The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, published in 1837.” (Submitted on December 16, 2017.)
2. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville. Book by Washington Irving on Amazon.com. The book is still quite engaging and a low-price Kindle edition is available. (Submitted on December 16, 2017.)
1. Directions to Marker
To reach the marker, start from the Hells Canyon Overlook. (Visit the USFS website on the Hells Canyon Overlook
— Submitted March 9, 2016.
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 15 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 24, 2017. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on December 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.