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Ashland in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Dead Indian Memorial Road

Dead Indian Memorial Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, August 11, 2013
1. Dead Indian Memorial Road Marker
Inscription.  Long before the first Euro-American emigrants trekked westward, this road was a trail used by the Takelma and Shasta Peoples as a trade route. With the arrival of settlers and gold-seekers, the trail quickly became a wagon road called ‘Indian Market Road.’

During the 1850s, the increased population of Euro-Americans, their occupation of traditional food gathering areas, and often hostile behavior, caused the most serious ‘Indian Wars’ in U.S. history. In 1854, the bodies of several dead, possibly murdered, Native Americans were discovered along this road in a narrow prairie several miles northeast of this marker. For many years thereafter this portion of Oregon was known as the ‘Dead Indian Country,’ and until recently, this road was officially called ‘Dead Indian Road.’

Recognizing the negative connotations associated with the name ‘Dead Indian Road,’ and acknowledging that many Native Americans lost their lives in this valley as a consequence of westward expansion, the name was changed to ‘Dead Indian Memorial Road’ in 1993.
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience and Confederated
Dead Indian Memorial Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, August 11, 2013
2. Dead Indian Memorial Road Marker
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Tribe Of Siletz Indians Of Oregon.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards series list.
Location. 42° 10.969′ N, 122° 39.332′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Dead Indian Memorial Rd and Green Springs Highway (U.S. 66) on Dead Indian Memorial Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland OR 97520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Applegate Trail - A Pretty Location (approx. 1.7 miles away); Route of Historical Applegate Trail (approx. 2˝ miles away); Ashland, OR (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ashland Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Applegate Trail (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ashland’s Golden Spike (approx. 2.8 miles away); Enders Building No. 1, 1914 (approx. 3 miles away); Citizens Banking and Trust Company (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
More about this marker. To find this sign, take exit 14 off Interstate 5 and then 1/2 mile south on Hwy 66. The sign is in a gravel setting at the intersection of Highway 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Road.
Regarding Dead Indian Memorial Road. NOTE: This sign is no longer listed as an entry on the 2021 entry of the Oregon Travel Information Council's list of historical markers or the historical markers map.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 26, 2022