Three Island Park Visitor Center

The pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail in the 1800s came to cross the Snake River at this location.  In July & August the water level drops to about 3-4 feet, enough they could ford the river using the islands to reduce the hazard.  In 1869 Gus Glenn built a ferry to expedite his shipments of goods for the people out west and he could also take 2 wagons across at a time.  Many settlers used this method if they had the money.  It cost $1.50 for a team and wagon.  We visited the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center within the park and got pictures of the covered wagon and ferry that is preserved here.  Great stopover!  Only drawback is it is hot, had to run the air conditioner for the first time in 2 weeks.  But guess it is going to toughen us up for the trip home as it has been over 100 every day since we left.  The next morning we did a few chores then drove into town past the Carmela Winery which is a really pretty place and has a good restaurant but wanted to see what Glenn’s Ferry did for their annual celebration which was this weekend.  Pretty small town but fairly clean!  Went into the local pub and had a small burger for lunch.  Couldn’t believe they serve frozen French fries in the land where Idaho potatoes are raised.  Outside the stores and eateries on the main street are many decorative benches done by local artists.   After lunch we went back to the park and took a long awaited nap!

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