Fort Bonneville (2)

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Fort Bonneville (2) (1832-1833) - A wintering Fort established in 1832 near present day Salmon in Lemhi County, Idaho. Established by Captain Benjamin L.E. Bonneville, (Cullum 155), while on official leave of absence from the U.S. Army to explore the Rocky Mountain fur trade area. Named after Captain Bonneville. Probably abandoned at winters end.

Fort Bonneville Marker North of Salmon, Idaho.


Established by Captain Benjamin L.E. Bonneville, (Cullum 155), and part of his expedition on 26 Sep 1832 as a wintering post during the winter of 1832-1833.

After attending the 1832 Green River Rendezvous, Bonneville had cached his goods and wagons, built Fort Bonneville (1) on the Green River and sent three brigades of his men out to hunt for Buffalo and other game to get them through the coming winter. Bonneville and some of his men moved further west into Idaho and established a wintering post along the west bank of the Salmon River near present day Salmon, Idaho.

Bonnevlle apparently did not consider this fort to be of permanent value because it was described by others as “a miserable establishment” ... “consisted of several log cabins, low, badly constructed..." Bonneville spent the winter with several bands of friendly Flathead and Nez Perce Indians camped nearby. The post was probably abandoned at the end of the winter season of 1832-1833.

Current Status

Marker only on U.S. Highway 93, four miles north of Salmon, Idaho.

Location: Four miles north of Samon in Lemhi County, Idaho. Map point is the marker location on U.S. Highway 93, the actual site is said to be on the opposite side of the river.

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Lat: 45.243791 Long: -113.894242

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  • Elevation: 3,860' ~

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Visited: 17 Jul 2017

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