Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Eva Emery Dye
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 713 Center St, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McLoughlin House (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John McLoughlin (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 Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Larry G. Dahl (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 (http://www.ochcom.org/dye/)
Also see . . .
1. McLoughlin and Old Oregon, A Chronicle - by Eva Emery Dye. The book mentioned on the marker, by (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.)
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