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

"Sumate Prairie"

from an emigrant's journal original spelling

 
 
"Sumate Prairie" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. "Sumate Prairie" Marker
Inscription.  Imagine feeding your hungry children and skinny ox teams whottleberries here. Helping you spouse repair your tired wagon for tomorrow's dreaded drop down Laurel Hill. Rain clouds gather around Mount Hood's peak. More storms coming. And they say the road gets even worse...
Summit Meadows -- originally called Summit Prairie provided a welcome pause to Oregon Trail pioneers. For days they had endured steep rocky ground, downed trees and constant stream crossings.
An original gathering place for Native American Indians, in 1866 squatter Perry Vickers built the first log cabin here which became another tollgate. By 1905 a large wooden structure known as Summit House, a cedar shake tipi, a barn and corral occupied this clearing. The meadow eventually became a popular camping spot for Willamette Valley recreationalists.

"Drove to the Summit Prairie. Found plenty of grass in the Second Prairie." (now Trillium Lake) -- Orange Gaylord - 185?

Very little good grass for our cattle tonight, but plenty of sour mountain grass (meadow rushes)." -- E.W. Conyers -- 1852

"Mount Hood stands just
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north of our camp, with its lofty, white dome penetrating the ethereal (?) as if it had sworn to remain an eternal barrier to the clouds..."
-- John Tully Kearns, Emigrant of 1853
 
Erected by Mt. Hood National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list.
 
Location. 45° 17.132′ N, 121° 44.248′ W. Marker is in Government Camp, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on East Perry Vickers Road near East Chimney Rock Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Government Camp OR 97028, 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. Government Camp (approx. 1˝ miles away); Samuel Kimbrough Barlow (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Government Camp (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Final Rest (approx. 1.8 miles away); "Disparite Bad Beyond Discription" (approx. 2.6 miles away); Barlow Road (approx. 2.6 miles away); Timberline Lodge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Government Camp.
 
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"Sumate Prairie" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. "Sumate Prairie" Marker
this marker.
Take the road to the Still Creek Campground and continue beyond it.
 
"Sumate Prairie" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
3. "Sumate Prairie" Marker
Summit Meadow Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
4. Summit Meadow Pioneer Cemetery
Clackamas County Historical Society
Summit Meadow Pioneer Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
5. Summit Meadow Pioneer Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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