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Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Eva Emery Dye
Eva Emery Dye Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
1. Eva Emery Dye Marker
Inscription. In memory of Eva Emery Dye and others who saved the McLoughlin House from demolition in 1909. The house was moved down Main Street and up Singer Hill to open as a museum on this location in 1910. Mrs. Dye was the author of “McLoughlin and Old Oregon”, and inspired both the Chautauqua in Gladstone and the Oregon City Woman’s Club.
Erected 1989 by McLoughlin Memorial Association.
Location. 45° 21.425′ N, 122° 36.347′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on Center Street near 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 713 Center St, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McLoughlin House (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Forbes Barclay (within shouting distance of this marker); McCald Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); OK Barber Shop (about 700 feet away); Joseph L. Meek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Larry G. Dahl (approx. half a mile away); Oregon City (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oregon City.
Regarding Eva Emery Dye. When Eva Emery Dye and her husband Charles came to Oregon City (the end of the Oregon Trail) in 1891, she commented, "I began writing as soon as I reached this old and romantic city. I saw beautiful historical material lying around like nuggets..."

Within 2 years she had completed McLoughlin and Old Oregon, though it wouldn't be published until 1900. Verne Bright called her "the historian of the pioneers."

The Dyes are responsible for the statue of Sacajawea in Washington Park, erected in 1905 for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Eva and her lawyer husband were the intellectual backbone for the Chautauqua Society, an adult education society offering music, history, politics and literary recitations in the outdoors.

Source: Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission (
Eva Emery Dye Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. Eva Emery Dye Marker
The McLoughlin House is to the right in this picture. The McLoughlin House Fountain is in the far background.

Also see . . .
1. McLoughlin and Old Oregon, A Chronicle - by Eva Emery Dye. The book mentioned on the marker, by Eva Emery Dye and published 1902. (Submitted on July 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Eva Emery Dye: Romance with the West. A biography of Eva Emery Dye, by Sheri Bartlett Browne and published in 2004. "Dye is best remembered for The Conquest, one of the first fictional works to popularize (and romanticize) the Lewis and Clark Expedition, in which she introduced a new American heroine, Sacagawea. Although the book’s portrayal enhanced the young Shoshone’s role, it was Dye’s later efforts to memorialize her with statues and speeches that turned Sacagawea into an American icon." (Submitted on July 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Eva Emery Dye Photo, Click for full size
Image courtesy of the Oregon State Library
3. Eva Emery Dye
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Credits. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,884 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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