“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Owyhee County Idaho Historical Markers

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By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
Oregon Trail Marker
Idaho (Owyhee County), Homedale — Oregon Trail1842-1863

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Idaho (Owyhee County), Marsing — 283 — Froman's Ferry
In 1888 George Froman built a ferry about a mile downstream from here. It operated until a bridge was built here in 1921. The ferry barge was connected by ropes to a pulley which slid along a cable spanning the river. By angling the barge into . . . — Map (db m26192) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Marsing — 192 — Owyhee Country
The name applied to these mountains and the whole surrounding region is an outdated spelling of the word "Hawaii". Fur-trading ships brought Hawaiian natives -- then called "Owyhees" -- to the Northwest. In 1818, Donald Mackenzie brought the . . . — Map (db m110212) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Melba — 194 — Steamer "Shoshone"
The boat was built in 1866 to provide easy river travel for a part of the route from the Columbia to Boise and Silver City. It was intended to ply 105 miles between here and Old's Ferry. Once it even explored the river for 60 miles above here, . . . — Map (db m32175) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — 454 — Diamond Gulch
In December, 1865, Idaho's Governor -- Caleb Lyon of Lyonsdale -- set off a wild rush to Diamond Gulch, visible a few miles west of here, with as story that was to good to be true. He told miners in Silver City that a prospector had given . . . — Map (db m110187) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — The Murphy School House District 14
District 14 was created in 1898 for the Guffy area. This was formerly part of District 9. District 14 encompassed the land between Walter's Ferry to the mouth of Sinker Creek and ran south (to) Diamond Basin. The original schoolhouse was built in . . . — Map (db m110208) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — The Otter Massacre
Erected to the memory of the Otter Massacre 1860 Forty four persons ambushed by Shoshoni Indians either killed or scattered. Most awful human experience. Site ten miles east on Sinker Creek. — Map (db m110210) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — 493 — The Utter Disaster
On September 9 & 10, the Utter Wagon Train engaged in a life-and-death struggle with attacking Indians. The assault on the wagon train of forty-four emigrants led by Elijah P. Utter just north of here resulted in the death of six men, two . . . — Map (db m110183) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — Utter Wagon Train Disaster
Near here the Elijah P. Utter wagon train was attacked by Indians on September 9 and 10, 1860. The two-day encounter resulted in the deaths of eleven emigrants and an estimated twenty-five to thirty Indians. The forty-four member train was composed . . . — Map (db m110184) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Murphy — 380 — War Eagle Mines
For decades after 1884, most of Silver City's fabulous mineral wealth came from Upper War Eagle Mountain, which rises a vertical mile above here. With lodes far richer than those found elsewhere, War Eagle miners fought a series of violent . . . — Map (db m110186) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Silver City (ghost town) — Silver City
↑ The Last Post Office in Silver City Original building built about 1868. Known as the "Schleifer" House and later as the "Riordan" House. This was the location of the last post office. It was the home of Fred Webb who lived her . . . — Map (db m110241) HM
Idaho (Owyhee County), Silver City (ghost town) — The Building of Many Names
Built 1866 "Star Brewery" & Sommercamp Saloon" (Bar above - Brewery below) 1893 "Soda Work" 1893 "Brewery Saloon" 1894 "Stuckman Photography" 1894 "Watts Apartments" 1895 "J.G, Drug Store" 1896 "Biles Confectionary" 1896 . . . — Map (db m110242) HM

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