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In 1873, the U.S. Congress gave John W. Young, son of Brigham Young, the right-of-way to build the Utah and Northern Railroad in Idaho Territory. The line’s intended path was through the Bear River Valley to Soda Springs, up the Snake River Valley, and eventually across Montana. Despite Young’s plan, it wasn’t until 1882 that the government finally ratified an agreement between the Shoshone and Bannock Indians, J.H. McCammon, and several railroad officials that allowed the intended line to cross reservation lands. The eventual placement of this railroad served as motivation for settlement of southeastern Idaho. Many small towns, including McCammon, sprang up near the tracks. The town’s post office was established in 1883 and adopted the name of J.H. McCammon, who was instrumental in finally bringing Young’s railroad line to fruition.

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