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Ancient Road Signs

POCATELLO, Idaho — An ancient highway runs through Pocatello, replete with road signs. It is a path ot traversed by machines and many of the mostly unnoticed signs are still present, having endured through the centuries. The original travelers of the road were Native Americans, and the signs are their works. These petroglyphs — literally “rock writing” — are present throughout the region, but an especially high concentration exists in this area and through the Portneuf Gap on to McCammon, the basalt cliffs providing a ready canvas. With the advent of the first white men to the West, the preservation of these markings, along with pictographs — painting on the rocks — have often been compromis


FUNDING: This website update was due in part to the generous funding provided by the Idaho State Historical Society in the form of a Community Assistance Grant.

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