The Bonneville Slide blocked the Columbia Gorge close to modern-day Cascade Locks, Oregon with a land bridge 200 feet high. The river eventually removed it, but this event is remembered in local legends of the Native Americans as the Bridge of the Gods.
Bonneville met with Kelley, who was impressed by him an appointed him to lead one of the expeditions to the Oregon Country that were to leave in early 1832.
Bonneville reported that many of the Native Americans he encountered in the Snake River were also reluctant to displease the Hudson's Bay Company by trading with the Americans.
In early 1836 he was successful, and in subsequent years was given assignments on the western frontier at Fort Kearny in the Nebraska Territory and in the New Mexico Territory at Fort Fillmore where he became the commander of the 3rd Infantry Regiment on February 3, 1855 after the death of Colonel Thomas Staniford.
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