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By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2018
"A Most Dangerous Crossing" Marker
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — "A Most Dangerous Crossing"
"...we rode as much as half mile in crossing and against the current too, which made it hard for the horses, the water being up to their sides. Husband had considerable difficultly in crossing the cart. Both cart and mules were turned upside . . . — Map (db m125673) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — Glenn's Ferry
After the golden spike was driven at Promontory Utah in 1869 the nearest railroad station to Boise was Kelton on the north shore of the Great Salt Lake. A ferry was built 1/2 mile up on the river as a joint effort by Gustavus Glenn, a local rancher . . . — Map (db m31678) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — Idaho's Bicentennial Wagon
In 1975, this wagon joined 49 other state wagons from across the country in a pilgrimage to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to celebrate America'a Bicentennial. Prior to leaving for Valley Forge, the wagon visited schools, communities, and parks . . . — Map (db m125729) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — Motor Homes Without Motors
Contrary to popular belief, the emigrant wagon was not the large heavy Conestoga that is represented by the Idaho Bicentennial Wagon. Instead, many people used wagons from their farms or purchased smaller, lighter wagons at the start of their . . . — Map (db m125727) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — 198 — Oregon Trail
A perilous ford at Three Island State Park was a formidable Oregon Trail barrier. Those who could not cross here faced a longer, more difficult southern route. No other ford between Missouri and Oregon troubled them so much. This was their largest . . . — Map (db m31677) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — Over 500 Miles Step-by-Step — The Oregon Trail in Idaho
Stretching from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, the two thousand mile Oregon Trail lured over 300,000 pioneers on a long six month journey. When pioneers entered present-day Idaho, many had traveled more than one thousand miles of hot, dusty . . . — Map (db m125674) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — Rosevear's Ferry
1890, Joseph Rosevear and Sam McAnulty pulled the waterlogged Glenn Ferry out of the Snake River, and some of its material was used to build the Rosevear Ferry, which operated until 1908, when a bridge was built. The Rosevear Ferry was owned and . . . — Map (db m125675) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — 1 — Site 1 ★ Two Island Crossing — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
Thursday July 24 "Traveled 13 miles struck the river 2 miles above the ford. Here we found a company ferrying in wagon beds we unloaded two our best wagon beds and commenced calking them got them finished and ferried their loads that . . . — Map (db m125677) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — 2 — Site 2 ★ Old Oregon Trail Road Crossing — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
Thursday August 14 "...We had a squally time ascending the bluffs, which are severaly hundred feet high. We passed from a hill to the side of a bluff, upon a high narrow ridge of just sufficient width upon the top for the wagon road, the . . . — Map (db m125733) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — 3 — Site 3 ★ Hot Springs Creek — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
Sunday July 27 "Traveled 15 miles 5 miles brought us to a marshy hollow (Hot Springs Creek) which wound to right of the direction were traveling. Traveled in this marsh 3 miles then drove out leaving this marsh to our right..." -- Susan . . . — Map (db m125751) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — The Oregon Trail
Directly in front of you, the Oregon Trail descends the steep bluff to the Snake River. The trail lies parallel to and directly above the major road scar that is easily seen. On sunny days, the trail is visible to the keen eye. While the . . . — Map (db m125725) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — The Three Island Ford
Located on an old Indian and fur trade route, the Three Island Ford presented a difficult challenge to the emigrants. Those who dared attempted this crossing using the southern two islands and connecting sand bars to cross the river. Those who were . . . — Map (db m125726) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Glenns Ferry — To All Pioneers
To all pioneers who crossed over Three Island Crossing and helped to win the west. Erected 1931 by Troop One Boy Scouts of America Roslyn, New York Scoutmaster E.K. Pietsch Reproduced 1990Map (db m31679) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — Canyon Creek Station
John C. Fremont reported using the Canyon Creek crossing in 1843 and Lansford Hastings's 1845 Emigrant's Guide to Oregon and California listed the site as an important Oregon Trail crossing and campsite. Emigrant diaries report frequent use of the . . . — Map (db m125784) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 353 — Castle Rock
Up toward Camas Prairie, a road goes by Castle Rock and other eroded granite outcrops that were landmarks on Goodale's Cutoff, an Oregon Trail route that came this way. Emigrants generally had not seen large granite rock formations of this . . . — Map (db m110143) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 400 — Gold Mines
More than a century ago, Rocky Bar, Happy Camp, and a number of other South Boise mining towns flourished in a remote mountain wilderness 30 miles northwest of here. Discovered early in 1863, they were so hard to get to that the could not be . . . — Map (db m110142) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 305 — Goodale's Cutoff
An old emigrant road headed west across Camas Prairie and then descended to the valley below on its way to rejoin the Oregon Trail 28 miles west of here. This route, discovered by Donald Mackenzie's fur trade party in 1820, came into use for . . . — Map (db m125603) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 2004 — Mountain Home Arrives in a 50-pound Soapbox
Eight miles east of here, Rattlesnake Station, was an important stop for wagon trains and travelers along the Oregon Trail because of its sure supply of fresh water. Later, a stage station with a post office called "The Mountain Home" was . . . — Map (db m110158) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 2005 — Mountain Home Irrigation District
The Town site of Mountain Home was chosen by the Union Pacific Railroad as a stop because of a readily available supply of water. The railroad utilized steam operated pumps in trench wells to fill storage tanks with this water in order to supply the . . . — Map (db m110156) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — Oregon Trail 1864 — Site of Old Mountain Home Station
Map (db m125753) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 195 — Rattlesnake Station
At the junction of the Rocky Bar Road with the Oregon Trail, this was a major stage line stop for 20 years. Stage service commenced in 1864, and a road to the Rocky Bar mines was opened 2 months later. In 1878 the station owners thought it . . . — Map (db m70449) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 4 — Site 4 ★ Hot Springs — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
Saturday August 16 "...we passed a hot springs near the foot of the same range, the water of which was nearly at a boiling temperature, so that one could not hold is finger in it, and a dog careless stepping across it put one foot in and ran . . . — Map (db m125752) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 5 — Site 5 ★ Rattlesnake Creek — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
Friday September 10th "...Traveled along the foot of the mountain about 5 miles to another creek and stopped for the night. Plenty of dry bunchgrass. No timber, but willows and sage. Found eight graves here. Made fifteen miles." Parthenia . . . — Map (db m125754) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 6 — Site 6 ★ Kelton Road — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
August the 13th "...the road to day way level but very rocky A long chain of mountains on our right and we travel close to them to day..." -- Absolom B. Harden, 1847 After the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, . . . — Map (db m125755) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 7 — Site 7 ★ Canyon Creek — Main Oregon Trail Back County Byway
August 4th "This day we traveled nineteen miles over tolerably rough road ... After watering, we traveled eight and a half miles, which brought us to a barrel creek (Canyon Creek). Here we found a small creek running through a barrel-shaped . . . — Map (db m125756) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — Site 8 ★ Ditto Creek
Monday October 9th "This evening yellowish granite appeared in needle form fragments and masses. Country mountainous, good grass, water in the creek on which we are camped partially dried up. We struck a large and much travelled Banak trail . . . — Map (db m125785) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — Site 9 ★ Bowns Creek
August 5th "This morning our road was very hilly for three miles. Here we found water and grass plenty, and brush for fire wood. Having had no water since we left Barrel creek we halted here for a rest. We halted here till 1 o'clock in the . . . — Map (db m125786) HM
Idaho (Elmore County), Mountain Home — 197 — Toll Gate
An 1868 Toll Road to Rocky Bar provided better access to early gold mines 40 miles north of here. Julius Newberg's South Boise wagon road had reached Rocky Bar in 1864, but a route through this canyon was needed to avoid steep Syrup Creek . . . — Map (db m110154) HM

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