Potential for Homesteading at the Orchard Combat Training Center

Author(s): Juli McCoy; Jacob C. Fruhlinger

Year: 2018


By: Juli McCoy

Although there has been a great deal of study done concerning homesteading activity in the Western United States little has focused on areas where homesteading was unsuccessful.  The lack of successful homesteads left an area of land open for use by the military or for other applications. This study focuses on the assemblage of selected archaeological sites located on the Idaho National Guard Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC), just south of Boise, Idaho, to determine the extent of transient sheep herding vs. permanent homesteading activity in this

area. In tandem with the research of archaeological site assemblages the impact

that the drop in the water table and draw down of the Snake River Plain aquifer

could have had on water sources in the area and land usage and settlement

patterns is also considered.

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Potential for Homesteading at the Orchard Combat Training Center. Juli McCoy, Jacob C. Fruhlinger. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441328)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 214