Echo in Umatilla County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
David R. Koontz
Family reminiscences indicate the train was raided by Pawnee Indians while along the Platte River, resulting in the loss of seven horses. This meant a long walk to Oregon for some who had originally planned to ride.
While passing Names Hill
According to oral family history David died from injuries that occurred when he was thrown from his horse. The only other deaths recorded in the wagon train were that of David's brother-in-law, Moses Hale, who died from cholera near Fort Boise and an unnamed child who died at the Columbia River Cascades. Hale also left his name inscribed at Names Hill.
Oregon-bound emigrant James S. McClung passed this grave on September 17, 1862. Like Koontz, McClung was from Wapello County:
traveled several miles & passed the grave of Mr. David Koontz from Dahlonega Wapello county Iowa he was buried about 4 rods on the right hand side on the side of a small hill the grave was covered with poles which were quite rotten the head board was rotted off at the ground but still lying by the grave the letters were cut with a knife & were plane and distinct near here the road crossed the river where we camped after traveling 15 miles.
Boy Scouts found the grave in 1915, built a fence around it, and erected a headstone. The city of Echo has been instrumental in the restoration of the site and in placing this marker.
Erected 2011 by
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 10, 1852.
Location. 45° 44.202′ N, 119° 11.28′ W. Marker is in Echo, Oregon, in Umatilla County. Marker is on Rieth Road near Jane Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 77299 Rieth Road, Echo OR 97826, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charlie Berry Stadium (approx. ¼ mile away); The Lower Crossing (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Blockhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Umatilla County Jail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jack Dempsey (approx. 0.6 miles away); Covered Wagon Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stansfield Rest Area Oregon Trial Kiosk (approx. 3.9 miles away); How Do You Make a Hat? (approx. 12½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Echo.
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