Keno in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Spencer Creek Crossing / Camp Day
Occupied by U.S. Army in 1860. Located
on Spencer Creek 1/2 mile upstream.
Spencer Creek crossing
Applegate Trail - 1846 only.
Southern Oregon Wagon Road - 1869
Erected 1974 by Klamath County Historical Society, Emigrant Trails Inc. (Marker Number A-57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Forts or Castles • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail, and the California Trail series lists.
Location. 42° 9.158′ N, 122° 1.684′ W. Marker is in Keno, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker is on Unnamed Road 0.3 miles from Keno Access Road. 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. Second Klamath River Ford (approx. 0.7 miles away); Klamath River Crossing (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Applegate Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker Applegate Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Topsy Grade (approx. 1.2 miles away); Chase Stage Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cooper Stage - Station Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); Walters Cabin Tree Planting (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keno.
More about this marker. Marker is located about 1/2 mile east of Keno Access Rd and south of a dirt track road.
Regarding Spencer Creek Crossing / Camp Day. The route of the historic Applegate Trail passed through this location in the year 1846 only. Although not listed on the plaque, this marker is number A-57 in the Applegate Trail series of markers monumented by Trails West Inc. and appears in their booklet titled A Guide to the Applegate Trail From Goose Lake to Southern Oregon available for sale on their website.
Oregon History Project contains additional history on Camp Day and reads: The black and white photograph below by U.S. Army Lt. Lorenzo Lorain provides a striking view of Camp Day, a temporary encampment in the Klamath Basin used by the military over the summer and fall of 1860. It features members of Lorain’s Company L, Third Artillery division then attached to Fort Umpqua on the Oregon Coast.
This military expedition
Upon receiving orders from military officials in San Francisco “to give temporary security to the Upper Klamath Country,” 1st Lt. Alexander Piper and 2nd Lt. Lorenzo Lorain departed with the Fort Umpqua artillery company in early July 1860. The group included sixty-six soldiers and a civilian physician, William G. Hatch. They reached
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.