Idaho's Emigrant Trails

Idaho's Emigrant Trails (HM20MZ)

Location: Soda Springs, ID 83276 Caribou County
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N 42° 38.861', W 111° 42.111'

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Westward-bound emigrants entered Idaho after crossing Thomas Fork Valley. They soon encountered the climb and decent of Big Hill, witnessed nature's curiosities at Soda Springs, and discovered willing traders at Fort Hall.
In 1843 wagons first rolled past Fort Hall to face the harshness and desolation of the Snake River Plain. Dust, sagebrush, lava rock, mosquitoes, a burning sun, cold nights, and a concerned Native American population made the journey an arduous one. Yet, these pioneers continued on and helped to establish an ocean-to-ocean nation.
Prior to the discovery of gold, California-bound emigrants followed the main Oregon Trail to Raft River before turning south on the California Trail. Gold seekers soon opened new routes in an attempt to reach their destinations sooner. Hudspeth's Cutoff (1849) directed traffic west from Soda Springs. The Salt Lake Alternative (Hensley's Cutoff, 1848) enabled travelers to obtain supplies in Salt Lake City before continuing their journey. These routes joined in the City of Rocks area and headed west through Granite Pass.
As their numbers increased, lands along the trail became barren of grass and wood, and water sources often became tainted. Consequently, alternate routes were explored and utilized. The South Alternate (1843), Northside Alternate (1840's), North Alternate (1850),
Goodale's Cutoff (1852), Lander Road (1858), and Kelton Road (1869) all became heavily utilized by emigrant and early Idaho settlers.
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HM NumberHM20MZ
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
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Placed ByIdaho Department of Transportation
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Date Added Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 442467 N 4721930
Decimal Degrees42.64768333, -111.70185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.861', W 111° 42.111'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 51.66" N, 111° 42' 6.6599999999998" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1501-1599 Soda Point Power Plant Rd, Soda Springs ID 83276, US
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