Thursday, July 16, 2009

Day 57

We traveled another 133 miles south today to Fort Hall, Idaho. We are now 150 miles from Hill Air Force Base. We are spending the night at the Buffalo Meadows RV Park. The RV Park is part of the Fort Hall Casino owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Tribes.

Pocatello, ID is just 8 miles south so we have all of the networks high definition over the air broadcasts as well as good internet service.

Tomorrow we will complete our journey to Hill Air Force Base to visit with our son and his family.

Before Fort Hall was established the general location was known as a favorable fur region. Located in a imagesheltered bend of Snake River near the junction of Blackfoot and Portneuf Rivers with the main stream, "The Bottoms" as the area came to be called, had imagefor perhaps hundreds of years been a favorite gathering and camping place for the Shoshone-Bannock Indians.

New England named Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth on the 18th of July started the construction of a trading post, which he named Fort Hall in honor of the oldest  member of the New England company financing his enterprise. On August 4th he finished the log structure. The next morning, August 5, he raised a homemade United States flag, saluted it with a salvo of guns, and thus, as the result of a broken agreement, Fort Hall came into existence, an event whose historical significance cannot be overrated.



Houses in Fort Hall

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