Jim Gentry

Wilson Price Hunt in South Central Idaho in 1811

When Wilson Price Hunt and crew traveled westward thought South-Central Idaho seeking a water-route to the mouth of the Columbia River, they were the first documented Euro-Americans to follow the Snake River across southern Idaho. The area was then claimed by Spain.  Traveling a northern route, Lewis and Clark earlier had missed the region.  The Hunt party experiences informed the later fur traders and Oregon Trail pioneers.  Although some of their information was misleading, it would dominate the understanding of South-Central Idaho for many years.  In just thirty-five years all of the area would become part of the United States.