The Town at the Crossroads
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 40.835 W 113° 21.493
12T E 313105 N 4950173
Quick Description: History sign at Leadore.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 10:09:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMF123
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
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Long Description:
This sign is about the travel routes that intersect here and is one of a group of three at the town of Leadore.
Marker Name: The Town at the Crossroads

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
Aptly named for its location at the intersection of the road from Montana across Bannock Pass and the Birch Creek road to Salmon, Idaho, the town of Junction was once the center of activity for freight wagon and stagecoach traffic as well as for ranchers and miners. In 1910 commerce shifted to Leadore when the Gilmore & Pittsburgh railroad bypassed Junction by two miles, leaving it to memories of earlier times. 1855 - The Mormon Road In 1855 Brigham Young sent 27 missionaries north from Salt Lake City. After two difficult years of failed crops and failed relations with the Indians they were given permission to abandon their mission leaving only the name of a road as their legacy. 1866 - Gold Discovered The roads were full of miners once gold was discovered. A party of five men who worked their way from Montana across the Bitterroots, down the Salmon River and across the mountains to a stream called Napias hit pay dirt on July 16, 1866. As this news spread, the population of the Leesburg basin quickly grew to about 7.000. 1877 - Nez Perce Flight The Nez Perce crossed west over the divide near Junction after the Battle of the Big Hole on August 9-10, 1877. Continuing south over Gilmore Summit to Birch Creek, they came upon freight wagons bound for Salmon and Leesburg. The resulting encounter left 5 in the wagon party dead and the rest scattered as the Nez Perce continued east on their flight. 1879 - Utah and Northern Railroad Prior to the Utah and Northern railroad building a narrow gauge into the Red Rock Valley of southwest Montana, in 1879, Junction was the only town connecting the isolated little community of Salmon City with growing settlements on the Snake River Plain in eastern Idaho. 1886-1920 - Beacons of Rest Stage Stops proved a lifeline to weary, dust caked or ice-encrusted travelers. While exhausted horses were exchanged, a traveler might find a little comfort from a drink of water or a few minutes next to a pot bellied stove. Between 1886 and 1920 the stage station connected Junction or Leadore with Montana to the east and Idaho Falls to the south.

County: Lemhi

City: Leadore

Group Responsible for Placement: U.S. Forest Service

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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