I am going to show highlights of the Oregon Trail in Idaho. To do it step by step, following the trail is mind numbing. I am showing you the reasons that Idaho was, for the travelers, an endurance test.
There is a place along the Oregon Trail called Massacre Rock. The travelers that I am following were there before the battle. It was difficult land to travel.
The pictures from Wikimedia Commons, I will label as WC.
These are two pictures of the Massacre Rock area by, Decumanus, English Wikimedia.
This picture by National Park Service shows the split of the California trail from the Oregon Trail.
Another area of rough ground was Devil’s Gate by, Decumanus, English Wikipedia.
The Oregon Trail followed Snake River as much as possible.
By, Bureau of Land Management.
This is a map of Snake River by, Kmusser, WC.
A quiet section of Snake River by, Glysiak, WC.
This is a picture of Shoshone Falls on Snake River. The caption says 1898. No author name, WC.
This is a map of the Snake River Plain by, Metrodyne, English Wikipedia.
A picture of Snake River Plain by, Staplegunther, English Wikipedia.
In the hot dry regions, there was the dust that made life miserable. They walked behind the wagons to prevent being run over. The dust from the Oxen, wagon wheels and wagons in front of them meant that every nook and cranny was covered with dust.
A dust storm, no name of the author, form WC.
A recent dust storm in Boise, Idaho by, Staplegunther, English Wikipedia.
This dust storm was in Ransom Canyon, Texas, but shows the dust rolling in by, Leaflet, WC.
This is a picture of a dust devil by, NASA.
Bad weather was frightening. These are two pictures of lightning. The first is cloud to cloud lightning by, historicair, WC.
Streak lightning by, Lyoha123, WC.
The next pictures are of landmarks along the trail.
Register Rock got its name from the travels writing their names on it as they passed. It is protected now, to keep it from being ruined by the elements.
By, JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ, MD, WC
This is Three Island Crossing by Byways, US government.
This is a map of Salmon River which was also crossed by, Pfly, WC.
This is a picture of the Salmon River by, Robbiegiles, WC.
These are pictures of Salmon Falls Creek by, Bureau of Land Management.
This is Lower Salmon Falls by, Bureau of Land management.
This is a picture of Hot Springs Creek by, Byways.org, US Government.
Brown Creek Inscription Rock, where the travelers left messages by, Byways.org, US Government.
This is Bonneville Point. I don’t know who took the picture.
The last picture is of Brownlee Ferry in the Boise Basin. John Brownlee ran the ferry. The picture is a recent one by. US Army Corps of Engineers.