Oregon Trail

Thousand Springs Bed and Breakfast resides on a section of the Oregon Trail. This is picture of the Payne Ferry in the foreground facing the property where the B&B is situated. We are pleased to be part of this very important history of the expansion of the western United States.

“During the summer of 1863, three men from Boise constructed a ferry near the mouth of Salmon Falls Creek. A lack of business caused the trio to abandon their enterprise by the first of September. By 1869 Ed Taylor had reestablished the operation, and in 1871 he formed a partnership with M. E. Payne. Payne soon purchased the interest of Taylor and ran the ferry until 1879. At that time, Leonard C. Lewis bought the ferry and ran it until his death in 1896. His widow continued the operation for a short period and then sold out to her son-in-law, Sam Johnson. In 1908, Johnson sold the venture to a Mr. Dunaway. During 1910, the ferry broke loose and sank about three miles down the river.” History from the Idaho Historical Society