“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Government Camp in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

A Final Rest

For One Pioneer Woman, the Oregon Trail Ended Here

A Final Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
1. A Final Rest Marker
Caption: (upper left) Pioneer Woman's Grave ceremony in 1931, attended by Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor T.H. Serrard and a group of Portland Progressive Club Business Men.
Inscription.  In 1924 engineers constructing the first Mt. Hood Highway discovered a gravesite here. The grave was marked with an old wooden wagon tongue buried beneath decades of overgrown brush. When they dug up the site, they found the remains of an emigrant woman. After reburial, a cross was placed in honor of this unnamed pioneer.

The son of Steven Coalman (former Barlow Toll Road Superintendent) recalls: "My father remembered meeting a man who had just buried his wife. He buried her in a wagon box made of the wagon, and made a crude fence around the grave. She had been very sick, and they had camped there several days before she died. The man had two small children, a boy and a girl, both under five years of age."

As you travel in comfort over the formidable Cascade Range, think about the hardships and heartaches pioneer families endured in pursuit of "the promised land."
Would you have been so bold?

Erected by Mt. Hood National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Unknown Pioneer Woman image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
2. Unknown Pioneer Woman
In Memory of an
Unknown Pioneer Woman
of 184?
Dedicated August 23, 1936
and Replaced and Rededicated
August 23, 1982
Multnomah Chapter
National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
Click or scan to see
this page online
. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Oregon Trail series lists.
Location. 45° 16.932′ N, 121° 42.006′ W. Marker is near Government Camp, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Mt. Hood Highway (Oregon Route 35), on the right when traveling east. 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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Disparite Bad Beyond Discription" (approx. ¾ mile away); Barlow Road (approx. ¾ mile away); "Sumate Prairie" (approx. 1.8 miles away); Government Camp (approx. 3 miles away); Samuel Kimbrough Barlow (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Government Camp (approx. 3.1 miles away); Timberline Lodge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Government Camp.
More about this marker. This burial site is located on an old section of the Mt. Hood Highway. The road is unnamed but there are signs directing you there.
A Final Rest and Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2017
3. A Final Rest and Markers
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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