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The Oregon Trail in Boise Obelisk: Slaughterhouse Gulch
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
N 43° 38.305 W 116° 12.510
11T E 563842 N 4832018
Quick Description: This is one of a series of monuments in Boise, Idaho that commemorates the Oregon Trail, which took a route through the city.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 6/16/2007 9:51:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM1PHT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Flag_Mtn_Hkrs
Views: 83

Long Description:


The Oregon Trail was one of the main overland migration routes on which pioneers traveled across the North American continent in wagons in order to settle new parts of the United States of America during the 19th century. The Oregon Trail helped the United States implement its cultural goal of Manifest Destiny, that is, to expand the nation from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The Oregon Trail spanned over half the continent as the wagon trail proceeded 2,170 miles (3,500 kilometers) west through territories and land later to become six U.S. states (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon). Between 1841 and 1869, the Oregon Trail was used by settlers migrating to the Pacific Northwest of what is now the United States. Once the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the use of this trail by long distance travelers diminished as the railroad slowly replaced it.


Slaughterhouse Gulch:

            Along the foothills of what is now Hill Road, emigrants, packers and miners traveled as they crossed the Boise Valley to connect with the emigrant trails North and West of Eagle, Idaho.

The area North of Harrison Blvd. became known as “Slaughterhouse Gulch”, the name taken from a meat packing businesses that were located near this monument for many years.  In 1901, Idaho Provision and Packing Company was organized near this spot, just outside the city limits.  In addition to the slaughterhouse, a brick manufacturing facility and kiln was established which produced fired bricks for many of Boise’s early buildings.  Following World War II, this area was subdivided and houses were constructed.





Road of Trail Name: The Oregon Trail

State: Idaho

County: Ada

Historical Significance:
Marks the path of the Oregon Trail where it passes through Boise, Idaho.

Years in use: 1805-1861. 1840-1852 were the peak years

How you discovered it:
I've known of the Oregon Trail since childhood growing up in Oregon. Found these remarkable monuments in Boise, Idaho while on vacation. There are many more scattered throughout the city.

In the 20 years from 1840-1859 some 52,000 emigrants moved to Oregon, but nearly five times that number opted for California or Utah. The biggest driving force for settlement was the offer of free land. In 1843 the settlers of the Willamette Valley by a vote of 52 to 50 drafted a constitution that organized the land claim process in the state. Married couples were allowed to claim up to 640 acres (a "section" which is a square mile, or 260 hectares) at no cost and singles could claim 320 acres. To the best of my knowledge, The Oregon Trail was never established as a Stage route, but was an Emmigrant Trail.

At the corner of 15th and Hill Street in a very small park that forms a triangle.

Book on Wagon Road or Trial: Not listed

Website Explination: Not listed

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