Western Tanager, Poison Creek Picnic Area, Owyhee County, Owyhee Scenic Byway

An Owyhee Photo Sampler


“Owyhee” is an early spelling of the 50th state, Hawai’i. The Owyhee Mountains, ancient volcanoes, are named by¬†early fur trappers. In 1819, three Hawai’ian, part of Donald McKenzie’s fur-trapping expedition, were sent to trap a large stream that emptied into the Snake River. When they did not return, McKenzie investigated and found one man murdered…