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Cottage Grove in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

A Trail by Any Other Name

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. A Trail by Any Other Name Marker
Inscription. In 1846 Levi Scott, together with Jesse and Lindsay Applegate, led an expedition that established the southern route to Oregon from Ft. Hall, Idaho. He was also elected to guide the first emigrants over the new route. Scott's significant role in the development of this emigrant trail has led some historians to argue that it should be called the Scott Trail - others have suggested the Scott-Applegate Trail. Jesse Applegate, Scott's good friend and captain of the exploring party, simply called it the "Southern Route," The question of its name remains a matter of argument.
Levi Scott (1797-1890) emigrated to Polk County in 1844. Following efforts to establish a southern route to Oregon, Scott served in the Cayuse Indian War. In 1848 he settled with his family in nearby Scotts Valley. Sensing the prospects of supplying the interior by pack trail, in 1850 Scott platted Scottsburg at the head of navigation on the Umpqua estuary.

In May, 1847, Levi Scott led a company of twenty men, destined for the states. over the Applegate route, and guided a portion of the immigrants of the following autumn into the Willamette Valley in good season and in goso condition.... This expedition established the reputation of the southern route; and the legislature of that year passed an act for its improvement, making Levi Scott commissioner,
A Trail by Any Other Name Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. A Trail by Any Other Name Marker
The marker is at the center.
and allowing him to collect a small toll as compensation for this services. -- Elwood Evans,
History of the Pacific Northwest (1889)
 
Erected by Applegate Trail Coalition.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Applegate Trail marker series.
 
Location. 43° 47.855′ N, 123° 3.887′ W. Marker is in Cottage Grove, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker is on North River Road near West Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 North River Road, Cottage Grove OR 97424, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Applegate Trail - Southern Route to Oregon (here, next to this marker); The Changing Trail to Oregon (here, next to this marker); Crossing the Calapooya Mountains (here, next to this marker); River Road (here, next to this marker); The Centennial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottage Grove Historical Museum (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Bristow (approx. 13.4 miles away); Bristow Monument (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cottage Grove.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Veterans Park.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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