“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Pinehurst in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Crossing the Siskiyous

Crossing the Siskiyous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2015
1. Crossing the Siskiyous Marker
Inscription. Applegate Trail emigrants required up to four days to travel from the Klamath River over the Cascades and Siskiyous to the Rouge River valley. The journey may have challenged those with healthy oxen, but it was a devastating trail for those whose livestock died - some discarded their possessions to make a final dash for the Willamette Vally on foot or horseback.
As Jesse Quinn Thronton and his wife trekked west in 1846, several of their oxen died in the Siskiyous forcing the Thorntons to hire other emigrants to carry some of their possessions. Thornton regretted traveling the Applegate Trail and publicly criticized the route in his book Oregon and California (1848). He blamed his misfortunes on the trailblazers whom he called "a class of outlaws and banditti."
Many of the cattle appeared to be too tired to feed, and were lying about upon the little hill-sides, ruminating in the sun. Some of the emigrants were busied in making arrangements for diminishing in some manner the weight of the load in their wagons. Others were silent, and appeared to be stupefied with their distresses. Children were crying for bread. Over all this scene, the sun shone as bright and clear as ever. - Jesse Quinn Thornton, Recollections of October 13, 1846
Marker series. This marker
Crossing the Siskiyous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2015
2. Crossing the Siskiyous Marker
The marker is being the spring rock work on the right.
is included in the Applegate Trail marker series.
Location. 42° 6.953′ N, 122° 26.533′ W. Marker is near Pinehurst, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Green Springs Highway (Oregon Route 66), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12705-12727 Green Springs Highway, Ashland OR 97520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Applegate Trail (a few steps from this marker); Historic Applegate Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilkes Expedition (approx. 9.9 miles away in California); Hilt War Memorial (approx. 12.4 miles away in California).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 82 times this year. Last updated on , by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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