Blue River in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
On the knoll behind this sign once stood a rustic cabin in which pioneer mailman John Templeton Craig died in December 1877. Craig, who was 56, had been employed to carry the mail between McKenzie Bridge and Camp Polk, near Sisters. While carrying the Christmas mail, Craig was caught in a sudden storm and later found frozen to death inside the cabin by a search party.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 44° 14.923′ N, 121° 50.343′ W. Marker is in Blue River, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker is on McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 242) 20 miles east of Oregon Route 126, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in a pull-out on the south side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blue River OR 97413, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wisely Reasoned (approx. 2 miles away); A Fittin' Tribute (approx. 2 miles away); Dee Wright Observatory (approx. 2 miles away); Old Wagon Road Scott Road (approx. 3.2 miles away); Time Traveler (approx. 13.3 miles away); The Life of a Lake (approx. 13.3 miles away).
More about this marker. Large wooden "Forest Service" style marker, mounted on a stonework pedestal.
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1. John Templeton Craig.
One of the men Felix Scott hired to help cut the road over the Cascades was John T. Craig, a 30-year-old native of Ohio who had come west in 1852. An eccentric loner, Craig seems to have been obsessed with the idea of making a better road over the Cascades and spent the rest of his life connected with it in some way. John Craig was not a regular mail carrier, but in late December 1877 he started for Camp Polk with a sack of Christmas mail. He never arrived. Searchers found his frozen body in a cabin near the summit lying in the ashes of the fireplace with a quilt drawn over it. His grave and marker are close to Craig Lake. (Submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Hand Lake hike includes a lesson in history.
Craig was an Oregon pioneer in the truest sense of the word. He came to Oregon in 1852 and was a part of the Scott expedition in 1862 that ushered in a new era of travel between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. Although the Scott crossing of the Cascades was ostensibly a success, Craig would spend the next 10 years of his life seeking a better route. With the establishment of the Camp Polk Post Office near what is now Sisters, Craig was granted the mail carrying contract from Craig's Bridge to Camp Polk. His quest to faithfully deliver the Christmas mail in 1877 would cost him his life in a winter storm. (Submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.