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

Earthquakes and Mountain Fog

The First People and the Mountain

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
1. Earthquakes and Mountain Fog Marker
Inscription.
It must have been long long ago that the earth shook. Then they would get their wooden pans and buckets, they would turn them upside down there, and they would sing and make a racket. They would say in their singing,

Put by the side of the ground, the earth is shaking.
Put by the side of the ground, the earth is shaking.

Futhermore (sic) I do not know how at what there they were smoke-drying smelts. They heard shah, a noise made by the dried smelts rubbing against one another, it sounded. They looked up, the smelts were shaking as they hung from the drying rack. They said, "The ground is shaking."

When they saw the mountain, and fog (smoke) was rising from the mountains in the morning, they said, "The mountains are smoking like a person who is smoking a pipe."


By Victoria Howard, edited and translated from Clackamas Chinook by Melville Jacobs, Clackamas Chinook Texts, part 2.

 
Erected by End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
 
Location. 45° 21.864′ N, 122° 35.673′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Abernethy Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
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By Barry Swackhamer
2. The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens
a painting by Paul Kane, 1847, in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Canada.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lot Whitcomb (here, next to this marker); Sidney W. Moss (here, next to this marker); Fishing At Tumwater (here, next to this marker); Medorem Crawford (a few steps from this marker); Abigail Scott Duniway (a few steps from this marker); Clackamas Chinook (a few steps from this marker); Wagons (a few steps from this marker); The Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the End Of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center facing outward towards Abernethy Green.
 
Categories. DisastersNative AmericansNatural Features
 
Earthquakes and Mountain Fog Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
3. Earthquakes and Mountain Fog Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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