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

Greensprings

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 30, 2017
1. Greensprings
Inscription.  Named for its hundreds of fresh water springs, lush glades and meadows, the Greensprings has for millenia been a seasonal gathering place for Native Americans and later provided refuge for travelers. In 1846, Levi Scott and the Applegate brothers, Jesse and Lindsay, blazed what became known as the Applegate Trail. Pitched by Jesse Applegate as shorter and safer than the northern Oregon Trail. It was 225 miles longer and wrought with danger. Scott led over 75 covered wagons along the route in the fall of 1846. In 1847 he led a smaller group, beating wagons taking the northern route by almost a month. The trail was used until a new road was built by Jackson County in 1868. The state funded the "Southern Oregon Wagon Trail" in 1873. Current route of the Greensprings Highway was laid out by the state in 1919. Most emigrants had little understanding of the various unique Native American cultures encountered along the way or the destructive impact they were having on their livelihood. By 1853 emigrants had settlements in the Rogue River Valley. Today hundreds of people call the Greensprings home.
 
Erected
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 30, 2017
2. Greensprings
2017 by Umpqua Joe Chapter 1859 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists.
 
Location. 42° 7.369′ N, 122° 27.854′ W. Marker is near Ashland, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on Greensprings Hwy (U.S. 66). 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Applegate Trail 1846 - 1869 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Keene Creek Wagon Slide (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tub Springs Sugar Pine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Historic Applegate Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Crossing the Siskiyous (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Applegate Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Route of Historic Applegate Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Route of (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on January 31, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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