Monday, April 27, 2009

Ferry Crossing

This miniature carved stone in the shape of the State of Idaho marks a piece of Oregon Trail history along the Boise River. The McClelland Ferry took pioneers over the Boise River, and back then, the Boise River was much wider and wilder. Now, it's a controlled river that was redirected as the area was developed and as dams were put in place upstream.

6 comments:

  1. I like the historical markers. Isn't it grand to be part of the Oregon trail. It seems all our rivers have shrunk to almost nothing with dams and diking. Sad in a way. MB

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  2. I do not like much computer games but I remember, long time ago, one of the few I played obsessively: The Oregon Trail. It was one of the early PC games with practically no graphics. My kid loved it, we played it together and still remember the Boise and the Snake River (Three Islands Crossing?).
    So said, I really appreciate your image of this historical marker.

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  3. As I recall from my history studies, the rivers were one of the most dangerous parts of the trek west and many people, wagons, horses, supplies, etc., were lost to raging waters...

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  4. Hee, I was wondering about the shape. Glad you mentioned it.

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  5. What an interesting piece of history.

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