Speaker Night at the Gooding County Museum "The Goodale Trail"


By Paul Johnson

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

June 19, 2013

Location: Gooding County Museum at 273 Euskadi Lane (Hwy 26/46), Gooding Idaho

Phone: 208-934-9475 or Gooding County Museum at 934-5318

Email: grins@dishmail.net

Link: http://www.goodingcountyhistoricalsociety.shutterfly.com

Event Description

Speaker Night at the Gooding County Museum "The Goodale Trail"
Event Details: Speaker Night at the Gooding County Museum on Wednesday, June 19th at 7 pm. Speaker: Tom Blanchard (from the Idaho Humanities Council) Tim Goodale was an early trapper, explorer and route guide in the league with such notables as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith. In 1862, Goodale pioneered a new route through Southern Idaho for Oregon Trail travelers headed towards Boise and on to Oregon. During this later trail period, Idaho represented, more than any other area, the quintessential trail experience—long bleak stretches of desert, frequent Indian encounters, lack of contact with the “civilized” world, and difficult river crossings. Goodale’s cutoff became the preferred route for thousands of westering pioneers during the 1860’s through the 1880’s. But it was not an easy journey. A waterless, thirty-five-mile journey from Ft. Hall to Butte Mountain followed by torturous lava fields of the present day Craters of the Moon taxed every traveler. And it was not without great impact on the areas adjacent to the trail. Speaker, Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with emphasis on U.S. and Western history at San Francisco State University. He has worked in local history, doing projects and research in Idaho for the past fifteen years, and teaching U.S. and Idaho and the Pacific Northwest history for the College of Southern Idaho. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner from Blaine County, adding a very contemporary public policy perspective to historical issues which shade our lives The lecture is free, donations are appreciated. Refreshments to follow. For more information contact: Judy Erdman, Events Coordinator—934-9475 or the Gooding Museum—934-5318 Website: www.goodingcountyhistoricalsociety.shutterfly.com
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