Smith's Trading Post
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
N 42° 15.154 W 111° 15.351
12T E 478895 N 4677850
Quick Description: Big Timber's first trading post.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 6:46:41 AM
Waymark Code: WM25KA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 36

Long Description:
In 1848 Pegleg Smith estblished a trding post on the Oregon Trail at Big Timber somewhere near here on the river.
Some travelers called it "Fort Smith", though it was only four log cabins and some Indian lodges. Packing a plow and tools from Salt Lake City, Smith (a mountain man who had to amputate his own leg 20 years before) tried unsuccessfully to raise crops. But he did a big business when the California gold rush of 1849 brought thousands past here: 49'ers reported that he had many horses and cattle and was making $100 a day.
Marker Name: Smith's Trading Post

Marker Type: Roadside

County: Bear Lake

Marker Number: 159

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Marker Text: Not listed

City: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Group Responsible for Placement: Not listed

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Markerman62 visited Smith's Trading Post 7/11/2006 Markerman62 visited it