Bonneville Point

Bonneville Point (HM28MI)

Location: Boise, ID 83716 Ada County
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N 43° 32.544', W 116° 6.588'

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The Oregon Trail

From 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.

"Below, thousands of feet below, were seen the water of this beautiful river winding this tranquil course & gleaming like a thread of silver in the rays of the setting sun. The stream seemed as calm and gentle, as it was through a meadow, instead of rugged can(y)ons. After reaching the plain, the course of the stream is marked by a line of green timber, which gave rise to its name among early trappers 'Boisse" or 'Wooded River' - This green strip of vegetation winding its way through the desert sage plain, gave a more cheerful

prospect to the view and after gazing once more on the vast map spread out before me I rapidly descended the hill - to find a camp for the tired train; but never can the recollection of the grandeur of the scene be blotted from memory - the sunset from the Big Hill of the Boisee will always be a greene spot in the past."
Winfield Scot Ebey, August 20, 1854

"To day traveled up a long hill some 4 miles - road good - ascent very gradual when we arrived at the top a grand view of the Boise River Valley. It is all filled or covered with dry grass and a few trees immediately along the bank the first we have seen for more than a month. We traveled for some 4 miles on a high level plain then came down a steep hill about 200 feet to another equally level (plain) on which we traveled about 3 miles then took another offset of about 110 feet and in about a mile and a half came another offset about the same and we were nearly on a level with the river. This is a fine clear stream and there are plenty of Indians scattered along its banks." Cecilia Emily McMillan Adams, September 15, 1852
HM NumberHM28MI
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
Placed ByAda County Parks and Recreation, Idaho Department of Transportation, Simplot
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Date Added Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 571917 N 4821435
Decimal Degrees43.54240000, -116.10980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 32.544', W 116° 6.588'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 32' 32.64" N, 116° 6' 35.28" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Oregon Trail, Boise ID 83716, US
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