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Keno in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Bear Valley

Applegate Trail 1847

 
 
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Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, September 23, 2012
1. Bear Valley Marker
Inscription.  
Bear Valley
Applegate Trail 1847

 
Erected 1974 by Klamath County Historical Society-Klamath County Historical Landmark Commission. (Marker Number A-55.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
 
Location. 42° 6.585′ N, 121° 58.685′ W. Marker is in Keno, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker is on Hamaker Mountain Rd, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keno OR 97627, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chase Stage Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); Whittle's Ferry Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cooper Stage - Station Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); Topsy Grade (approx. 3.2 miles away); Applegate Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Klamath River Crossing (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Applegate Trail
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(approx. 3.3 miles away); Spencer Creek Crossing / Camp Day (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keno.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is one of many 'T' markers located throughout Klamath County.
 
Regarding Bear Valley. The following text is taken from the Guide to the Applegate Trail by Trails West, Inc. and describes this particular marker:

From its junction with the 1846 Applegate Trail route near Miller Lake, the 1847 trail route, located by Levi Scott, went northwest across the open valley, now irrigated farmland, for about a half mile to the beginning of a gentle ascent toward Bear Valley.

The trail route continued northwest another half mile up the gently climbing valley, passing the site of an old homestead, to a timbered ridge and an old dirt logging road.

The trail, now an old logging road, goes about three-quarters mile, up and over a heavily logged ridge, to the east end of Lower Bear Valley. The trail continues northwest, still on the dirt road, up Lower Bear Valley through a heavily logged area and a narrow canyon for about 1¼ miles to the junction with a narrow ravine coming in from the
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, September 23, 2012
2. Bear Valley Marker
west.

The trail, still a dirt road, turns west and then north as it goes up the steep, rocky ravine for about a mile to a road junction. About 100 yards before reaching the road junction, the trail leaves the old logging road, turns north and goes about 200 yards as it climbs up to the saddle in a ridge. From the saddle, the trail continues north for about 100 yards where it joins an old logging road. The trail, now a dirt road, goes northwest about a mile to Upper Bear Valley and the junction with another dirt logging road.

The trail crosses the old logging road and continues about 200 yards to the edge of the meadow and a very old dirt road. The trail, now the old dirt road, turns to the left and heads up Upper Bear Valley, generally following the tree line, for about 1½ miles to a power line. (The trail is lined with rocks about 100 yards south of the power line.) From the power line, the rtail continues up the valley for about a quarter mile to Marker A-55 (Bear Valley-Applegate Trail-1847).
 
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, September 23, 2012
3. Bear Valley Marker
View of marker looking west towards Hamaker Mountain Rd
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, September 23, 2012
4. Bear Valley Marker
View of marker looking north towards Hamaker Mountain Rd
Bear Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, September 23, 2012
5. Bear Valley Marker
View of marker looking south from Hamaker Mountain Rd
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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