Immediately west of here you will cross a small canyon that Oregon Trail emigrants regarded as their most dangerous exposure to Indians.
After 1854, they had good reason to be alarmed. Wagon traffic has ruined important traditional Indian trails. Uncounted thousand of oxen, horses, sheep, and cattle had overgrazed a broad zone along their trail, leading to Indian resentment. Worse yet, a few emigrants has shot enough Indians to provoke a great deal of bitterness. Aug. 9, 1862, Pocatello's Shoshoni band resisted further wagon traffic here trapping a small emigrant party in a deep gully. An unusually fine stretch of wagon tracks leading to that site can be reached by a marked trail from here.