When writing about the past, two common terms are often conflated: historic sites and historical sites.

Sites are historic if they played a part in history; sites are historical if they pertain to history. For example, Gettysburg is a historic battle site often written about in historical books.

Idaho’s highway historical markers are not always placed at the actual historic site. The Caldron Linn historical marker, for example, is on U.S. 30, three miles west of the historic site of the Hunt Party tragedy.

Here are three more historical sites, all in Jerome County:

Hunt

Milepost 14.8 Idaho 25

Excluded from their West Coast homes by military authorities, more than 9,000 Japanese Americans occupied Hunt relocation camps four miles north of here between 1942 and 1945. Until they could resettle in other places, they lived in wartime tarpaper barracks in a dusty desert, where they helped meet a local farm labor crisis, planting and harvesting crops. Finally, a 1945 Supreme Court decision held that United States citizens no longer could be confined in such a manner, and their camp became Idaho’s largest ghost town.

Prehistoric Man

Milepost 14.8 Idaho 25

Archaeological excavations show human occupation of the Snake River plain for more than 10,000 years. Early men left weapons and other gear in a cave in a nearby butte. Bones show that they hunted game that is now-extinct camels, ancient horses and ground sloths. In the following thousands of years, the climate grew extremely dry, much drier than it is today. Still, man adapted.

Get news headlines sent daily to your inbox

Emigrant Road

Milepost 51.5 U.S. 93

More than a century ago, fur trappers and emigrants followed an old Indian trail that crossed here on its way to Oregon.

Hudson’s Bay Company traders preferred this route between Fort Hall and Fort Boise, but early emigrant wagons had to travel a road south of the Snake River until ferries and road improvements let wagons come this way. Shoshone Falls — known until 1849 as Canadian Falls to British and French trappers — was a spectacular attraction along this road.

0
0
0
0
0

Load comments