Fort Rock in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Path to the Past
10,000 Years of Homesteading
The history of the west is linked with the idea of finding a new home in a challenging land. We call it homesteading.
During the Pleistocene epoch, homesteaders in the Fort Rock Basin were mammoths, camels, horses, flamingos, and ocean-going fish. They settled in a land of lush forest with a huge lake that covered hundreds of square miles.
Approximately 10,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene, the lake began drying up and the forests receded. Animal homesteaders dependent upon that disappearing environment moved on or died, leaving behind their fossil remains.
Around this time, a new species appeared on the landscape, Homo sapiens, the first "native" Americans.
These earliest people left behind petroglyphs, weapon points, sagebrush sandals, and the mystery of where they came from and why they left.
During a long climatic transition period, many other peoples came and departed. It was only around 500 years ago that the Northern Paiute came to the Fort Rock Basin.
Modern European homesteaders came to the high desert in 1905. People arrived in substantial
They left behind the bleached remains of shattered homes and shattered dreams. These homesteaders all learned the lesson of millennia… to challenge nature is an ever-changing and never-ending struggle.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Paleontology • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 43° 21.351′ N, 121° 3.476′ W. Marker is in Fort Rock, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker is on Old Fort Rock Road (County Route 5-10) west of County Route 5-13, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in front of the Fort Rock Homestead Museum, along the boardwalk overlooking historic building exhibits. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Rock OR 97735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Claiming the Desert (a few steps from this marker); Home Sweet Home (a few steps from this marker); The First People of Fort Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cowboy, Horseman, Philosopher (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Birth of a Tuff RingFort Rock State Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Reuban A. "Reub" Long (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Rock.
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