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Buffalo at Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello.

Fort Hall Replica museum.

An old log cabin next to Ft. Hall.

Getting to Oregon the hard way. One of the first RV's.

Plaque of history inside of fort.

Oxen provided most of the "horse power" to pull the wagons. These...

A beaver pelt stretched and traps. One of the many displays at...

A Hudson Bay Company balanket traded to the indians. 4 stripes ment...

Copy of an early watercolor depicting a trapper setting beaver traps.

Rita posing before what was known as "woman's work". That is a...

Hey it's "Bennie" from OSU.

Bust with an authentic chief's headdress and beads.

Another high desert game animal. Pronghorn Antelope.


It was a welcome refreshing stop to resupply those brave souls from “The Great Migration” who endured those first wagon train crossings of the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains. They arrived at Fort Hall on a plain next to the Snake River in the North West Territories. The original site of the fort is on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation just north of Pocatello, Idaho. At the entrance to Pocatello from the South off of Hwy. 15 is a replica of the original fort which was raised in 1864 to make way for a stage coach stop nearby. Most of the timber for the station were taken from old Fort Hall. The fort was established in 1834 by a young business man named Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth. His idea was to establish a trading post for the fur trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company who rendezvoused in the area. The agreement with the company to bring $3,000 worth of goods didn’t work out so he moved to an area called “the Bottoms” on the Snake River and established Fort Hall named after a New England Company that helped finance him. Thus in the summer of 1834 Fort Hall was established. By 1837 the fort was sold to the Hudson’s Bay Company by Wyeth. In 1843 the “Great Migration” began to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Hundreds of wagon trains passed through Fort Hall on their way to the western trails into Oregon, California, Idaho, and Washington. In 1849 another route further south was established and travel through Fort Hall ended. The British company abandoned Fort Hall and Fort Boise in 1855. By the late 1850's Fort Hall was no more.

Visiting the replica of old Fort Hall that is not far from the Cowboy RV Resort where we stayed was a rewarding experience. Not only do they have a very good rebuild of the original era fort. But they have many interesting displays telling the story of the area immigrants and native Americans who lived here at that time in history. There is also a great area museum next door to the fort worth visiting too. The Shoshone tribes were the original residence of the area. They lived on the rivers, plaines, and in the mountains of the area. They did lots of trading in fur pelts with the fur companies coming in. Most of their trade was in beaver pelts which were very popular in the east and England. In their trading they attained rifles and horses. The acquisition of such handy weapons and swift transportation meant an end to one of their most abundant and important game. The American Bison or Buffalo were fairly abundant in the area and the Shoshone were depended upon them for food and shelter. By 1850 all Buffalo were practically extinct. Thus the local original Americans became dependent upon the immigrants.

Our next stop tomorrow will be in the Grand Teton National Park. See you from there...

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