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Oregon Trail Repaired With the Help of Boy Scouts

Friday, September 27, 2013

BURLEY, IDAHO—Boy Scouts are assisting archaeologists with the restoration of a section of the Oregon Trail that was damaged by looters earlier this year. Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management suspect that metal detectors were used to take items such as coffee pots, suspender straps, belt buckles, or nails lost by the pioneers. The artifacts are protected under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act. Violators could face prison time and fines.