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Burnt Wagon Basin

Location: 9.9 miles and 304 ° from Cascade, Idaho
Elevation 7280 ft.
GPS Coordinate: 44.6244 -116.172

Picture #BWG-1702  07/06/2005

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2014-02-25 Janice Baxter
Burnt Wagon Basin

Dunham Wright was my great grandfather. In 1862 when Dunham and seven other men reached what he called "The jumping off place" they were trying to get to the Florence mine. Here is where a carpenter in the group cut up parts of the wagons and made the saddle bags. They finally made it down to the Salmon River, and on to Florence and Placerville mines. My family had Dunham's stories published in 1996, One Century of Life, as told by Dunham Wright. Statesman to have printed a letter -1923 era

2012-04-10 Jay Arment
Burnt Wagon Basin

According to my grandfather, Horace Arment, who served on the US Geographic Names board in the 1950's, Dunham Wright lead a small wagon train up the ridge now called west mountain. Their destination was further west to the Oregon Trail in the Grande Ronde Valley near present La Grande Oregon. As the terrain became rougher and steeper, the open ridge-tops changed to steep timbered drop-offs, the scout was unable to find a trail that the wagons could negotiate. Fearing that the wagon train would soon be caught in winter, the settlers took the canvas from their wagons and made makeshift saddle bags for the oxen to carry only essential items, and decided to abandon the wagons.The wagons were burned for some reason at this spot, and the disgruntled settlers headed on into the timber. There is a Dunham Wright who settled in Cove Oregon in 1954. Same guy? My Grandfather, Horace Arment was born in the Indian territories, but spent much of his teen years on a homestead on Herd Creek in the early 1920's. The cabin was demolished but in dry years, you can still make out the barn foundation which is below the normal lake level now. His father was Grant Z Arment and his mother Mary E Arment.