Description - The historic remnants of the pioneers who blazed this trail from Idaho's oldest town of Franklin to Caribou County's mining center of Soda Springs, paint a lively picture of the era during which the communities along the way were settled. The drive is scenic and reminiscent of what most of the roads out west must have looked like nearly 100 years ago. Little communities and farmsteads crop up amid rolling fields and clusters of mountains.
Building a BywayOn this route, travelers can retrace some steps of Idaho's early pioneers and follow the historic path taken by early-day Yellowstone Park visitors. Visitors today will be immersed in the cultures of the past that built this historic route and the places around it. Learn more about Southeastern Idaho's Native American, Mormon pioneer, and Oregon Trail heritage on the Pioneer Historic Byway. And enjoy the backcountry scenery on the way.
Places Along the WayFrom Franklin, the state's oldest settlement, this byway heads north to Soda Springs and on to the first grist mill in Idaho, one of the original Yellowstone Highway markers, the old Mormon Academy, the site of the massacre at Bear River, Devil's Hand, the Niter Ice Cave, Last Chance Canal, cinder cones from extinct volcanoes, a section of the Oregon/California trail, and many other historical points of interest.
- The Pioneer Historic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : Beginning at the Utah state line, this byway follows U.S. 91 northerly to SH-34, thence northerly to U.S. 30/SH-34, and from there, easterly to Soda Springs. From there it follows northerly on Sh-34 to the Wyoming state line.