The Oregon TrailFrom the high ridge above the Boise River 5 miles southwest of here, westward-bound travelers got their first view of the Boise Valley. In 1811, Wilson Price Hunt and the Overland Astorians' party were the first white sojourners to enjoy the scene. In 1833, Captain Benjamin L. E. Bonneville, a United States Army officer on leave to explore and trap for furs, extolled the Boise Valley and surroundings as "the most enchanting he had sen in the Far West, presenting the mingled grandeur and beauty of the mountain and plain, of bright runnings streams and vast grassy meadows waving to the breeze." That promontory is now known as Bonneville Point. The view of the Boise Valley gave emigrants hope for better traveling conditions ahead after having spent many days traversing the dusty, barren Snake River Plain.
|Series||This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series|
|Placed By||Ada County Parks and Recreation, Idaho Department of Transportation, Simplot|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||11T E 571917 N 4821435|
|Decimal Degrees||43.54240000, -116.10980000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 32.544', W 116° 6.588'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 32' 32.64" N, 116° 6' 35.28" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Oregon Trail, Boise ID 83716, US|
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