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By Duane Hall, September 17, 2010
Big Southern Butte
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — A Plain of Volcanoes
The shallow arc of Idaho’s Snake River Plain spans southern Idaho, gently rising from west to east. Current theories suggest that the plain marks the path of continental movement over a deep hotspot now lying beneath the Yellowstone Plateau. As the . . . — Map (db m71602)
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Arco Veterans Memorial
A Memorial To Those Whose Lives Were Lost In Defense Of Freedom, By Acts Of War Or Terrorism; And A Tribute To The Heroic Actions Of All Patriotic Americans — Map (db m103591) WM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Are We Loving Them to Death?
Walking off trails may be destroying these spatter cones which are some of the rarest volcanic features on the face of the earth. Photographs taken at different times demonstrate that unrestricted visitor use left these fragile volcanic cones . . . — Map (db m80429) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — 152 — Atoms for Peace
An important page in atomic history was written here on July 17, 1955, when the lights of Arco were successfully powered from atomic energy. Chosen by the Atomic Energy Commission as an experiment in the peaceful use of atomic power, Arco, Idaho . . . — Map (db m68916) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Big Cinder Butte
On old maps, this region was referred to as "the Cinder Buttes." Towering above the surrounding landscape by more than 700 feet (200 meters) and spreading across an area of more than three square miles (eight square kilometers) the tallest and . . . — Map (db m140015) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Boy Scout CaveCraters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Look for lava and ice stalactites ("lavacicles" and "icicles") on the ceiling and walls of this lava tube. They were formed by dripping hot lava and melting ice. Born of fire, this cave now retains ice year-round—a cool place to visit on a hot . . . — Map (db m92943)
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Devil's Orchard TrailCraters of the Moon National Monument
Two thousand years ago, nearby volcanoes erupted so violently that they tore themselves apart. Rivers of lava floated huge chunks of crater wall down to this spot. Time passed. Rocks crumbled. The seeds of rabbitbrush and limber pine root in the . . . — Map (db m70604) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — EBR-I
EBR-I World’s first Nuclear Power plant — Map (db m103900) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Get over it!Craters of the Moon National Monument
“To understand the West, you have to get over the color green; you have to quit associating beauty with gardens and lawns…” Wallace Stegner. What was drinking up 80% of the water used in this park? Lawns. *Planting lawns . . . — Map (db m70600) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Goodale's Cutoff
Beginning in the 1850s, armed skirmishes broke out between Shoshone Indians and emigrants traveling by wagon train to the west. Many pioneers tried new paths through Idaho that would avoid the Snake River, where they were most vulnerable to attack. . . . — Map (db m140017) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Hawkbill Base
The United States Submarine Force Has lost 65 submarines and more Than 4,027 crewmembers are still on Final patrol since submarines became Part of the Naval Service in 1900 It Is Well That They Should Be Remembered 1915 - USS F-4 . . . — Map (db m103593) WM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Indian TunnelCraters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Indian Tunnel is named for the mysterious stone circles that lie near the path to this large lava tube. Ancient stone structures are visible in many locations throughout the Monument. Archeologists believe that some of these structures may have had . . . — Map (db m92944)
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Just Down The RoadCraters of the Moon National Monument
The Strangest 75 square miles on the North American continent -Comment from an early traveler. The landscape before you was explosively created by volcanic eruptions. Cracks in the earth’s crest allowed lava to blast, . . . — Map (db m70597) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Just Down the RoadCraters of the Moon National Monument
The Strangest 75 square miles on the North American continent Comment from an early traveler The landscape before you was explosively created by volcanic eruptions. Cracks in the earth's crust allowed lava to blast, plop, . . . — Map (db m92942)
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — 304 — Lost River
When its water is not diverted for upstream irrigation, Lost River flows past here into a sink 14 miles to the northeast. Lava flows in the Snake River plains buried old channels of Lost River, Little Lost River, and Birch Creek. No longer able . . . — Map (db m70448) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Mk 14 Torpedo
Statistics Length: 20.5 feet Diameter: 21 inches Weight: 3300 pounds Range: 5500 to 9000 yards Propulsion: Steam Turbine History The Mark 14 torpedo was introduced into the navy in 1929. The warhead contained . . . — Map (db m103596) WM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — North Crater Flow TrailCraters of the Moon National Monument
Here in the path of a lava flow you can view a variety of volcanic features, now frozen in time. The trail crosses over the most recent of several successive flows that originated from the North Crater area. As you walk the path, imagine slow moving . . . — Map (db m70602) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — North Crater Lava FlowCraters of the Moon National Monument
After centuries of rest, North Crater stirred once more. The old crater wall broke open and lava poured out carrying great chunks of broken wall. Again it rested. About 2000 years ago, lava flowed out for the last time. — Map (db m70603) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — 297 — Nuclear Reactors
Since 1949, more nuclear reactors – over 50 of them – have been built on this plain than anywhere else in the world. This 900-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory is the birthplace of the Nuclear Navy. Commercial power reactor . . . — Map (db m70447) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Prehistory and Recent History
Big Southern Butte -- A Waypoint for Thousands of Years “Just passing through, ma’ma” The harsh conditions on the plain discouraged most long-term settlement, but Big Southern Butte was a clear waypoint. In the 1800s, travelers headed . . . — Map (db m70573) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Pronghorn Passage
A study initiated in 2008 found that a narrow but lengthy corridor passing through Craters of the Moon links pronghorn between their summer and winter ranges. Although pronghorn are considered to be the fastest land mammals in the western . . . — Map (db m140018) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Silent Cone
This silent volcano made some noise approximately 6,500 years ago when eruptions ejected cinders and pumped out lava from the crater. Today, the shady north-facing slope of this cinder cone supports a forest of Limber pines and a few larger . . . — Map (db m140026) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — USS Hawkbill (SSN-666)
USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) Class: (Sturgeon Variant) Sturgeon Built At: Mare Island Naval Shipyard Keel Laid: 12 September 1966 Launched: 2 April 1969 Christening: Mrs. Bernard F. Roeder Commissioned: 4 February 1971 First Commanding . . . — Map (db m103649) WM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — USS S-27
USS S-27 USS S-27 (SS-132) was one of 52 United States Submarines Lost In World War ll S-27 was commissioned on 22 January, 1924 under command of Lt. Herbert Jukes S-27 was lost in the early morning hours of 19 June, 1942 When she ran . . . — Map (db m103595) WM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Vanishing Landmark
From this vantage point, you gaze across 25 miles of lava to Big Southern Butte. Early pioneers, following Goodale’s Cutoff from the Oregon Trail, used this land mark to navigate around the rugged lavas of the Snake River Plain. As a traveler today, . . . — Map (db m70595) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Volcanoes Along the Rift
Before you lies the Great Rift, a 52-mile (84 kilometer) long system of fissures which a chain of volcanoes erupted. Crescent Butte is the oldest of these cinder cones, created during the earliest eruptions here about 15,000 years ago. North . . . — Map (db m140027) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Arco — Where's the Volcano?
Say the word volcano and usually the image flashes to mind of a single great symmetrical cone. But, the volcanic activity in Craters of the Moon National Monument and the Snake River Plain has taken a different form. Parallel cracks in the . . . — Map (db m71601)
Idaho (Butte County), Howe — 227 — John Day’s River
John Day’s River Fur traders named this stream for John Day, a pioneer trapper who died in the valley north of here, Feb. 16, 1820 John Day had started west with John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Company that discovered Snake River . . . — Map (db m103827) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Moore — Pearson Park
In Memory of Benjamin A. Pearson Born-1848 Died-1934 Came to Idaho in 1869 with wife-Eliza Mary Curtis Homesteaded in valley in 1884-Ranched 45 years Ran freight & stage-Blackfoot to Challis-1896 Was first State Senator from . . . — Map (db m140065) HM
Idaho (Butte County), Moore — 301 — The First LDS Church
In the early 90's the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints organized a branch in Lost Rover Valley. The people built a Church 1.03 miles south of this in 1898. It was 38 x 54 feet, four windows on each side, double doors in front and a stage . . . — Map (db m140067) HM

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