White Dugway

White Dugway (HM1ZZT)

Location: Montpelier, ID 83254 Caribou County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 32.25', W 111° 10.2'

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(Crow Creek Road)

Clinging to the white shale formation a mile east (on the Crow Creek Rd.) is the White Dugway. There was moisture in the shale and when frost had it in its grip the road was very slippery. Freighters learned to be cautious as a wagon or sleigh could easily slide off the Dugway and tip over. Around this dangerous point, the first loads of salt were hauled from the Crow Creek salt mines to the Bear Lake Valley.Following the salt road, the first settlers entered Salt River Valley (Star Valley) improving the road as they traveled. For 50 years (1879-1929) the life line of the Star Valley community was the Crow Creek Road.  Cheese, butter, hides, wool, and hogs, loaded on sleighs and wagons, moved to the railhead at Montpelier, Idaho. Machinery and equipment large and small, household goods, food, clothing, and medical supplies were hauled on the return trip. The Star Valley Stage moved mail and passengers daily. New breeding stock (dairy and beef cattle, hogs, sheep and horses) were moved by rail to Montpelier and hauled or driven by this route to Star Valley. Virtually everything coming and going had a little thrill around White Dugway.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByStar Valley Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.53750000, -111.17000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 32.25', W 111° 10.2'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 32' 15" N, 111° 10' 12" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Forest Rd 111, Montpelier ID 83254, US
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