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Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Joseph L. Meek

Born 1810 - Died 1875

 
 
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By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
1. Joseph L. Meek Marker
Inscription. Born in Washington Co. Va., Meek leaves home at age 18, arriving in St. Louis in the fall of 1828. Meek signs on as a trapper with the Rocky Mtn. Fur Co., remaining in the Rockies until 1839.

1839 - 1843: Meek travels to the Willamette Valley and eventually starts farming on the "Tualatin Plains".

1843: Early settlers recognize the need to form a governing body in the Oregon Country. They convene at Champoeg in May, 1843. Meek has a pivotal role in establishing an American type of provisionally government. He is appointed Sheriff of the Oregon Country.

1848: Meek accepts the duty of Messenger to Congress. He arrives in Washington D.C. on May 28, 1848, with dispatches concerning conditions in Oregon. Meek is hosted by his cousin, President James Polk. Oregon is admitted as a territory and Joe Meek is commissioned the first U.S. Marshal in the territory.
 
Erected 1995 by M. Utz.
 
Location. 45° 21.472′ N, 122° 36.596′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is at the intersection of McLoughlin Boulevard (Pacific Highway) (State Highway 99) and 6th Street on McLoughlin Boulevard (Pacific Highway). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 Mcloughlin Blvd, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
 
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By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. Joseph L. Meek Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. OK Barber Shop (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCald Building (about 500 feet away); Eva Emery Dye (approx. 0.2 miles away); McLoughlin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Forbes Barclay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oregon City (approx. half a mile away); Oregon City Falls (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oregon City.
 
Regarding Joseph L. Meek. Joseph Lafayette "Joe" Meek was born in Washington County, Virginia, and died in Washington County, Oregon. He is quoted as saying, "I want to live long enough to see Oregon securely American... so I can say that I was born in Washington County, United States, and died in Washington County, United States."
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Lafayette Meek. Acclaimed as a storyteller and intrepid adventurer during his lifetime, Joe Meek was a witness to the West's transformation from a wilderness for mountain men into a region where social conformity was increasingly the rule. (Submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
3. Joseph L. Meek Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,116 times since then and 10 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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