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Klamath Falls in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

George Nurse

City Father - Arrived 1866

George Nurse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, February 2, 2018
1. George Nurse Marker
This Memorial is Dedicated to George Nurse

1867 - 1869 - 1878
Opened First Trading Post
Built the Bridge Across Link River
Platted Town and Called it Linkville
Donated the Land For the First Cemetery
The First Postmaster,
Gave the Settlement It's First School.
Donated Land For the First Courthouse
First Hotel Keeper, First Livery Stable Operator,

Linkville Renamed Klamath Falls in 1893

Born June 4, 1820
Died in Yreka, CA on November 26, 1895

Erected 2007.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicBridges & ViaductsCemeteries & Burial SitesCommunicationsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 4, 1820.
Location. 42° 13.982′ N, 121° 46.929′ W. Marker is in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker can be reached from Upham St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Klamath Falls OR 97601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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are within walking distance of this marker. This Marks the Road to Topsy Grade (approx. half a mile away); Van Brimmer Cabin 1864-1928 (approx. half a mile away); Marion Apartments (approx. half a mile away); Whitlock House (approx. half a mile away); Klamath Falls City Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); Klamath Falls City Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Locomotive 2579 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Klamath Falls.
More about this marker. Marker is located in Linkville Cemetery.
Regarding George Nurse. Born in New York in 1820, George Nurse, pictured here circa 1900, entered the Oregon Country through California in the early 1860s. In 1860, the Federal Government granted the states swamplands, and by 1867, Oregon opened these lands to settlers. That same year, after securing 160 acres from the state, Nurse established Linkville on the eastern bank of the Link River, between Klamath Lake and Lake Ewauna.

Nurse registered the first plat of the town in 1878. He rafted lumber 42 miles down Klamath Lake from Fort Klamath sawmill to build a store and hotel which would accommodate area settlers and passing travelers. “Generous to a fault,” Nurse
George Nurse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Douglass Halvorsen, February 2, 2018
2. George Nurse Marker
donated land from the townsite to settlers promising to build a home and later provided sites for a school, courthouse, and cemetery. Newspaper correspondents covering the Modoc War and Army soldiers marching through Linkville later publicized Linkville’s accommodations and Nurse’s generosity.

After wearing many hats in Linkville, including six years as postmaster and a brief turn at registrar of the land office, Nurse moved in 1883 to Yreka, California. Linkville was renamed Klamath Falls in 1893, and today, the Link River Bridge crosses the river at the site of Nurse’s store.
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George Nurse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Oregon History Project
3. George Nurse
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 22, 2024