“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near College Place in Walla Walla County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)

Oregon Trail Memorial

Old Oregon Trail Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Terry Barker, Susan Woodin Chapter NSDAR, May 1, 2017
1. Old Oregon Trail Memorial Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to the travelers on Old Oregon Trail 1832-1843 when it passed thru Walla Walla Valley. Robert Newell and Joe Meek brought wagons to Fort Walla Walla in 1840. White, Lovejoy & Hastings led the first emigrants in 1842. Whitman, Applegate and Barnett, and Nesmith guided the train of 1843. This memorial marks that part of the Trail between Old Fort Walla Walla & Waiilatpu.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 46° 2.757′ N, 118° 29.252′ W. Marker is near College Place, Washington, in Walla Walla County. Marker is on Old Highway 12 0.2 miles from Frenchtown Road. Touch for map. It is near the Cougar Crest Winery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Frenchtown Road, Walla Walla WA 99362, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wai-i-lat-pu (approx. 1.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The emblem has an Oregon Trail wagon image with the words, "Oregon Trail Memorial."
Regarding Oregon Trail Memorial. This marker was by the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), founded by Ezra Meeker in 1926. The bronze plaque was
Old Oregon Trail Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Terry Barker, May 1, 2017
2. Old Oregon Trail Memorial
Wide shot of the marker.
sent to local historical groups for placing in monuments along the Oregon Trail. It is identical to the 1926 50-cent coin that Congress approved to fund these efforts. The coin was sold for a dollar only by the OTMA, the profits going to fund the markers. There are over a hundred of these markers placed along the trail. The majority of them were placed in the 1930s after the death of Ezra Meeker and most are still standing.
Also see . . .  Oregon Trail (The Oregon Encyclopedia). (Submitted on September 21, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2017, by Shirley A Stirling of Lacey, Washington. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on November 7, 2018, by Shirley A Stirling of Lacey, Washington. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Shirley A Stirling of Lacey, Washington.   2. submitted on September 23, 2018, by Terry Barker of Woodinville, Washington. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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