Glenns Ferry, Idaho

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Glenns Ferry is a city in Elmore County, Idaho, United States. The population was 1,611 at the 2000 census. The city is adjacent to Interstate 84 and the Snake River.

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History

Glenns Ferry was one of the most famous river crossings on the Oregon Trail. Pioneers forded the Snake River at the Three Island Crossing until 1869, when Gustavus "Gus" Glenn constructed a ferry about two miles upstream, primarily to expedite freight but also for emigrants. His boat, which could hold two wagons, cut nearly twenty miles from the former route.[1]

Three Island Crossing State Park, opened in 1971, is home to The Oregon Trail History and Education Center, where visitors can learn about pioneer emigrants and Native American history. The Glenns Ferry community sponsors a crossing commemoration the second Saturday of each August.[2]

The townsite was platted in 1871, just downstream from the ferry site, and the first bridge across the Snake River was built here in 1908.

Geography

Glenns Ferry is located at 42°57′7″N 115°18′4″W / 42.95194°N 115.30111°W / 42.95194; -115.30111 (42.951954, -115.301132),[3] at an altitude of 2569 feet (783 m).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,611 people, 610 households, and 428 families residing in the city. The population density was 920.2 people per square mile (355.4/km²). There were 707 housing units at an average density of 403.8/sq mi (156.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.41% White, 1.18% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 9.75% from other races, and 3.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.44% of the population.

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