Pioneer Historic Byway

National Scenic BywayIdaho

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  • Fall's Brilliant Orange Display at Oneida Narrows

    Maples brilliant with orange leaves overlook the lake at Oneida Narrows.

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  • Interpretive Sign for "Bear River Lava"

    A sign describes the Bear River and how its course was diverted by lava eruptions.

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  • Bridge Guards and Water

    A railing beside the highway seems to hold in the water that surrounds the mountain base.

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  • Artist's Rendition of the Oneida Stake Academy as a Visitor Center

    The Oneida Stake Academy is restored in this artist's rendition of it as a visitor center in Benson Park in Preston, Idaho.

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  • Academy on the Move

    Moving the three-story stone Academy presented quite a challenge, but the movers were up to it.

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  • Oneida State Academy at its New Home

    The Academy was successfully moved to its new home at Benson Park in Preston, Idaho. This photo shows it in its unrestored, freshly moved state, as of 2003 or 2004.

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  • Pines and Sage

    Rough rocks stand out against dark green pines and gray-green sagebrush fields.

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  • Train Tracks

    Train tracks run along a mountainside, dotted with juniper and sagebrush. A home sits atop the hill.

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  • Red Rock Pass

    Red Rock Pass is today's remnant of the natural dam at the north end of ancient Lake Bonneville.

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  • Oregon Trail Park and Marina

    A wooden sign serves as a landmark for the Oregon Trail Park and Marina. Mountains, and the spring sits in the distance beyond the sign.

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  • Parallel Routes

    Train tracks run parallel to the highway as a train approaches.

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  • Rolling Hills and a Farm

    A small farm surrounded by fields of crops resides among rolling hills which eventually connect to the mountain range in the distance.

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  • Chesterfield Townsite

    This photo is a panoramic view of the Chesterfield Townsite and the valley where it is located. There are 27 structures in this Townsite in various stages of restoration.

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  • Walk the Oregon-California Trail Wagon Ruts

    A young girl cheerfully poses next to a marker depicting one of the wagon ruts remaining from west-bound pioneers. This wagon rut is for the main Oregon-California Trail six miles west of Soda Springs and on the north side of US 30. This marker is approximately 200 yards east of the spot where the Hudspeth Cutoff heads west to California and the main route of the Oregon-California Trail heads northwest to Fort Hall. The white Carsonite markers were placed by the Oregon-California Trail Association.

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  • Canal Plunging Straight into the Cliffside!

    The Last Chance Canal bores straight into a lava-flow cliffside.

  • Stormy Skies Over a Harvested Field near Riverdale, Idaho

    Stormy skies glower to the east over a harvested field near Riverdale, Idaho

  • Cedar View Supper Club and Golf Course

    A sign telling of the Cedar View Supper Club and Golf Course sits near the edge of the green golf course.

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  • Mountain Ranch

    A small farm sits near rolling hills covered with pines, and the fields around the farm contrast with the mountains in shades of light green and tan.

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  • Views of Soda Springs

    Green foliage and water from Soda Springs are visible in front of deep rolling mountains and mountain homes.

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  • Watering Fields

    Irrigation pipes faithfully sprinkle water over a field in the foreground of a tree-spotted mountain.

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  • Soda Springs Golf Course

    Ducks make their home in the spring which is adjacent to Soda Springs Golf Course. Trees from the course cast shadows in the water.

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  • The Pioneer Historic Byway in the Early Spring

    The Pioneer Historic Byway rises up through green hills below a cloudy sky in the early spring.

  • Franklin's Old ZCMI Store

    Franklin's old ZCMI store - the second oldest in the area.

  • Emigrant Burial Site near Soda Springs, Idaho

    Rail fence marks the boundary of the Emigrant Burial Site near Soda Springs, Idaho

  • Marker for the Old Yellowstone Highway

    Marker for the Old Yellowstone Highway (the last one still in its original location.) Pink, white and red flowers surround the boulder on which the marker is placed, in a nicely landscaped display. Summer.

  • Entrance to the Niter Ice Cave

    The entrance to the Niter Ice Cave, as seen from above.

  • Visitors in Franklin's Relic Hall

    Visitors browse the pioneer relics displayed in Franklin's Relic Hall.

  • Volunteer in Front of the Historic Relic Hall in Franklin

    Volunteer takes a break in front of the historic Relic Hall in Franklin.

  • Last Chance Canal, Gorge and Bridge

    Viewed from the road on a sunny afternoon, the Last Chance Canal bridge spans a river that runs through a black lava flow in southeastern Idaho.

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  • Canal Supplies Water to Southeastern Idaho

    Built with yesterday's skill and perserverance, today's canal supplies water to much of southeastern Idaho's farmlands

  • Heading South into the Cub River Valley near Riverdale

    Heading south into the Cub River Valley near Riverdale

  • Remnant of the Oregon-California Trail near Soda Springs, Idaho

    A grassy depression shows one remnant of the Oregon-California trail near Soda Springs, Idaho

  • Cold-water Geyser in Soda Springs

    A cold-water geyser erupts one late afternoon in Soda Springs.

  • Visitor to Last Chance Canal Taking Cliff Path

    Visitor to Last Chance Canal takes the cliff path

  • Visitor Peers into Tunnel Carved into Lava Flow

    A woman perched on the iron walkway across the canal peers into the tunnel carved into the lava flow.

  • The Cub River at Last Chance Canal

    The Cub River flows through ancient lava flows at Last Chance Canal.

  • Oneida Stake Academy at Original Location

    The Oneida Stake Academy, the oldest Latter Day Saint (LDS or "Mormon") academy, was originally located on the grounds of current-day Preston High School. In 2003/2004 the Academy was relocated to its new home in Benson Park in Preston, after a successful effort by local citizens to save this important piece of local history from demolition. After restoration, it will open to the public as a visitor center for the Pioneer Historic Byway.

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  • Franklin's Village Hall

    Built in 1904, Franklin's Village Hall resides among shade trees.

  • The Fitzen House

    Well kept gardens and lawns surround the Fitzen House, which was built in late 1800's.

  • One of the Original Yellowstone Tour Stagecoaches

    One of the Original Yellowstone Tour Stagecoaches resides in the museum in Franklin, ID.

  • Soda Spring's Cold-Water Geyser

    Onlookers watch Soda Spring's cold-water geyser erupt late one afternoon

  • Interpretive Sign for "John Bidwell"

    A sign tells of John Bidwell and the party he assembled to travel west.

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  • Last Chance Canal

    This flume, Last Chance Canal, that carries the water from the Bear River into Gentile Valley turned the valley floor into productive farmland early in the last century. The water is drawn from the Bear River and is first directed into a tunnel cut through a lava rock bluff and then into the flume which straddles the Bear River.

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  • Camp Conner Interpretive Sign

    A sign describes the Old Town of Soda Springs and its history. The town was established by Col. P.E. Conner.

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  • Divided Stream

    Brilliant green fields surround this divided stream while two mountain peaks add dimension to the horizon.

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  • Spinning Wheel on Display Inside Old Store in Franklin

    Spinning wheel on display inside Franklin's old ZCMI store. (ZCMI stands for Zion Cooperative Merchantile Institution.)

  • Green Banked Streams

    The stream's bright green banks contrast with the dark mountains and blue sky.

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  • Mountains and Lakes from Grace to Preston

    A tiny blue lake lies nestled at the base of mountains covered with bright red and orange trees in autumn.

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  • Farmers Fields

    Streams of water on a field between Soda Springs and Sheep Rock irrigate this already green field with showers of water.

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  • Green Rolling Hills and Winding Streams

    Water fowl float on an irrigation canal in a wide green field in southeastern Idaho.

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  • Mountain Stream in Caribou National Forest

    Large pines overlook a mountain stream curving silently with the land.

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  • Stream at the Edge of a Forest

    A small creek cuts its way through the mountains as pines stand majestically off to one side.

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  • Mountain Pastures

    Trees extending from the mountains make a nice temporary home for the cows who pasture in the fields.

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  • Barns and Fields in Southeastern Idaho

    Mountains lay in the distance while in the foreground a quaint old barn stands in the fields of hay.

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  • Bales of Hay

    A tiny bright red farm is nestled at the base of this tree covered mountain. Bright blue skies look down on the freshly cut bales of hay in the farmers fields.

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  • Fences, Mountains and Irrigated Pasture

    Blue skies look down on a summertime wash of green grasses held in by a fence, and dark mountains sit in the distance.

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  • Rolling Hills in Southeastern Idaho

    Thick stands of trees cover the rolling hills that sit at the other end of a green field.

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  • Blue Skies above the Mountains

    A mountain striped green with forest and brown with summer grass acts as a divider between green pastures and a clear sky.

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  • Green Pasture, Fences and Irrigation

    An irrigation channel full of water runs along a post fence in a wide pasture bordered by a hazy mountain range.

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  • Shimmering Pines

    The pines atop this mountain are reflected in the shimmering waters of the reservoir formed by Hells Canyon Dam.

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  • Gentle Waters

    The calm waters of Hells Canyon Reservoir are overlooked by cliffs and tall green trees.

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  • Sheep Rock

    The golden color of Sheep Rock contrasts with the deep blue sky overhead, the green trees covering its surface, and the soft gray-green sagebrush below.

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  • Winding Down Hells Canyon

    Hells Canyon winds along the base of the mountain from this rocky vantage point above the river.

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  • Sheep Rock

    Mighty pines reach up as high as Sheep Rock itself. It seems as if the pines and the mountain compete to reach the sky.

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  • Carved into the Earth

    Hells Canyon Reservoir carves its way through the landscape near Sheep Rock. Evergreens fill one riverbank; sloping gray rocks form the other.

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  • Pasture Fences and Blue Skies

    A pasture fence frames the blue waters of the Hells Canyon Reservoir. Blue skies look down upon the scene.

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  • River Pines

    The pines along the edge of this river stand majestically as the water flows through the land near Sheep Rock.

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  • Rearview of Hells Canyon Dam

    Deep green pines hang over the edges of the green waters. A white building of the dam's power plant stands at the reservoir's far end.

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  • Mirror Images

    The sky reflects this water at Hells Canyon Dam. Tall evergreen trees fill the riverbank.

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  • Hells Canyon Reservoir

    Hells Canyon Reservoir flows peacefully around the base of the rocks. Wildflowers are blooming in the foreground.

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  • Hells Canyon Dam

    This dam for Hells Canyon Reservoir regulates the water. Mountains form one side of the river and the white power plant stands beside the dam.

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  • On the Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail

    The cutoff to the Oregon Trail can be seen amidst the mountains and pavement of the road. A fence frames the left side of the photo.

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  • Summer Cranes

    The summer sun beats down as a flock of cranes rise before emerald green mountains.

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  • Winter Flocks

    Flocks of birds travel together on a wintry day. Foggy, snow covered mountains stand majestically in the distance.

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  • Rickety Fences and Soda Springs

    Rickety fences trace the border of a snow-covered pasture between tree-covered mountains and icy stream in winter by Soda Springs, Idaho.

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  • Soda Springs and Snow Capped Mountains

    Near Soda Springs snowcapped mountains proudly stand in the distance. A stream flows past a pasture fence in a wintry field.

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  • Wintery Soda Springs

    An icy stream flows between banks of snow in the flat, mountain-edged valley of Soda Springs, Idaho.

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  • White Clouds and Rolling Mountains

    Near Soda Springs, white clouds roll over snow-covered hills and dark forested mountains in winter.

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  • Snowy Barns and Fences

    Snow crested mountains overlook snow covered barns and fences near Soda Springs, Idaho.

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  • Brilliant Skies in the Winter

    Brilliant skies and dark mountains overlook a fenced, snow-covered field near Soda Springs, Idaho.

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  • Oneida Narrows

    Brilliant fall colors and shimmering water in the mountains of Oneida Narrows are cast in shadows around the lake.

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  • Fall's Gentle Fire at Oneida Narrows

    Flashy orange and red colors on the mountainside of Oneida Narrows look like fire, but are actually brilliant maple leaves

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  • Fall Trees frame the Lake at Oneida Narrows

    Gorgeous fall trees and mountains in the distance make a perfect frame for this light blue lake at Oneida Narrows.

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  • Dirt Road and Fall Colors at Oneida Narrows

    At Oneida Narrows, a dirt road leads into the mountains which are exploding with fall colors.

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  • Lake and Fall Mountainsides at Oneida Narrows

    A green valley leads into a beautiful blue lake which lies between autumn-colored mountains.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "The Earth will Remember"

    "We cry for the loss and sacrifice of those who did not survive and we honor the strength of those who lived" is the proud declaration on this interpretive sign at the site of the largest Indian massacre in the West. The aftermath of the massacre on the Shoshone is described.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "A Battle Becomes a Massacre"

    This sign tells of the horror and chilling events of the massacre. Colored sketches depict teepees burning, soldiers firing, and soldiers on horseback riding into the camp.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "Attack at Bia Ogoi"

    This sign describes the bitter cold day of January 29th, 1863, when the largest Indian massacre in the West occurred. Sepia-toned, historic photos of an army man and a Shoshone man, as well as a map detailing the locations of the main parties in the massacre, are featured on this sign.

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  • Fall Colors and Oneida Narrows Reservoir

    Nestled between hills covered with majestic fall colors at Oneida Narrows in Idaho is a small lake or reservoir. A truck drives along the dirt road that trails along the mountain.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "California Volunteers March to the Bear River"

    This sign describes the journey of Col. Patrick Edward Conner and volunteers who came from California and participated in this culture clash. Sepia-toned photos of the army and a map are featured on this sign.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "Change and Conflict, A Clash of Cultures"

    This sign tells of the conflict between the Shoshone people and the Mormon settlers who moved into the area. The settlers were first welcomed but conflicts soon arose as the Shoshone way of life was threatened. This sign includes sepia-toned, historic photos of both the Shoshone and the Mormon settlers.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "Shoshone Bear River Winter Home"

    Bia Ogoi or Big River provided a winter home for the Shoshone. The hot springs and a fertile valley were a physical and spiritual rejuvenation for the Shoshone families who lived here. This sign includes sepia toned, historic photos of Shoshone Indians.

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  • Interpretive Sign at Bear River Massacre Site: "The Shoshone, Moving with the Seasons"

    The Shoshone people moved with the seasons and lived in extended families. The descendants of the band massacred at Bear River live in Northeastern Utah and Southeastern Idaho. This sign tells about this and shows sepia-toned, historic pictures of Shoshone Indians. A map is also included on the sign.

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  • A Waterfall in the Black Canyon Gorge River

    Water flows over rocks at the narrow floor of Black Canyon Gorge. Trees bright with green line the walls of this gorge carved by water in an ancient lava flow.

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  • View of the River in Black Canyon Gorge

    Trees surround Black Canyon Gorge as water flows through the chasm in spring or early summer. Mountains can be seen in the distance.

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  • Black Canyon Rocks

    A small ranch is on the horizon beyond this view of the rugged black lava rock walls of Black Canyon Gorge. A tiny trickle of falls onto the pile of fallen rock at the edge of the gorge.

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  • Falls and Rocks at Black Canyon Gorge

    Near Grace, Idaho, water trickles down the rugged black lava cliffs of Black Canyon Gorge.

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  • Cinder Cone in a Farmer's Field

    A small cinder cone, remnant of ancient volcanic activity, stands covered by wild grass in fields of alfalfa and wheat in Idaho. Deep blue mountains march across the horizon behind the cone.

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  • Grace City Park

    Green trees and green grass adorn Grace City Park. A roofed shelter and a playground provide ample opportunities for lots of fun.

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  • Farm in the Fall

    This white farm ranch is quaintly situated at the base of mountains exploding into autumn colors.

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  • Autumn Hay Harvest

    A rich harvest has filled the barn on this ranch with golden hay.

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  • Hay in Barn and Autumn Color

    An open-sided western-style barn on a ranch is filled with bales of hay. Trees in the mountains nearby explode in fall color.

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  • Colors from Grace to Preston

    Irrigation makes a farmer's field bright green against the dry golden hills of the valley. Autumn leaves color the mountain range beneath the evergreen forest.

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  • Nature and Scenery from Grace to Preston

    Solitary trees bright in red and orange fall color spill over the rolling autumn hills. This beautiful scenery will catch any traveler's eye.

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  • Green Fields and Autumn Mountains

    A white horse fence marks the boundary between green fields at the base of a mountain covered with trees bright with red and orange fall color.

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  • Autumn Colors and Ranch Fences

    In Fall, colorful trees adorn the mountains between Grace and Preston, Idaho. A white ranch fence and lush green trees provide contrast with the dry brown hillsides.

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  • Ranch Fences from Grace to Preston

    White ranch fences and trees add a touch of home to the stunning fall colors on the mountains between Grace and Preston, Idaho.

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  • Bear River Massacre Overlook

    A freshly-laid cinder-ash path curves past several interpretive signs at the Bear River Massacre overlook.

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  • Entrance of Niter Ice Cave

    Niter Ice Cave, a lava tube near Grace, Idaho, can be seen in the shadows of the mountains and amidst the tall summer grasses.

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  • Niter Ice Cave

    Visitors to Niter Ice Cave will find the entrance amid an array of tall grasses. Mountains can be seen in the distance.

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  • Entrance to Niter Ice Cave

    In the summer Niter Ice Cave is difficult to pick out among the tall summer grasses and sagebrush. Mountains can be seen in the distance of the entrance.

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  • Mormon Pioneer's Home in Historic Franklin

    The Hatch House in Franklin was built in 1872 by LDS bishop, Lorenzo Hatch.

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  • Roadside Memorial Marker at Bear River Massacre National Historic Site

    A metal plaque on the side of a rocky pillar commemorates this area as the site of the Bear River Massacre.

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  • Bear River Valley East from National Historic Site

    The long valley of the Bear River stretches east toward the mountains, as seen from the upper parking area of the Bear River Massacre National Historic Site.

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  • Overlooking the Massacre Site

    A plaque describes the movements of the soldiers and the Indians during the January morning when the attack occurred. The valley behind the plaque is where it happened.

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  • The Killing Ground

    According to the nearby plaque at the Bear River Massacre National Historic Site, the bright green field below is "the Killing Ground" where the soldiers massacred the Shoshone men, women and children encamped there.

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  • Pioneer Historic Byway Roadsign

    Cropped from a larger image is a closeup of the Pioneer Historic Byway roadsign, showing a handcart family.

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