Travel southwest on SR 34, paralleling the Bidwell-Bartleson route, to the JUNCTION (11.0 miles) with Mail Route road, a gravel road on the right. There is a power substation by this road. Turn right onto Mail Route road and travel 3.6 miles down Battle Creek Canyon to the junction with a paved road.
Turn left onto this paved road and travel 0.9 miles, then turn right onto the next road and travel 0.5 miles, then turn left onto 1600 West and travel 0.3 miles, then turn right onto 6400 North and travel 1.0 miles to the JUNCTION (6.3 miles) with US 91.
|This is the Cottonwood Creek Canyon with Idaho Hwy. 34 running through it then into the deep cut on the right center portion of the photo. It is believed that the Bidwell Trail went upon the bench land to the right on a natural slope between the trees in the center of the photo just to the right of the road bend. It would be difficult if not impossible for them to build a road up the narrow, rock filled steep canyon where the road is today.||It is believed the emigrants camped on this small brook which runs from the bottom right to the left side of the photo. This brook or creek is now called Battle Creek. This location is about 4 miles north of the Bear River which matches James Johns 4 miles. The highway running from the lower right to the bottom of the photo is old US 91 which goes from Preston to Pocatello, Idaho.|
Turn left onto US 91 and travel south a short distance to a creek which crosses under US 91. This is Battle Creek, and the field to the right is the location of the 14 AUGUST CAMPSITE on Battle Creek, four miles from the Bear River. Continue south to the JUNCTION (4.2 miles) with a gravel road on the right.
First Overland Emigrant Party
"Left the river on account of the hills which obstructed our way on it; ... Road uncommonly broken, did not reach the river; distance about 14 miles." John Bidwell, Saturday, August 14, 1841. "We traveled about 15 miles today over hills and mountains and encamped on a small brook about 4 miles from the river."
James John, August 14, 1841
2002 Utah Westerners Foundation & Utah Crossroads Chapter OCTA BB ID - 4
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