Scappoose in Columbia County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
One of the Oregon Country’s most picturesque fur-traders, Thomas McKay is buried near Scappoose. He was a daring leader, famous storyteller and could drive a nail with a rifle ball. A Canadian, he arrived with the Astorians as a teen-age boy; served with the North West Company, became a clerk with the Hudson’s Bay Company, established a grist mill at Champoeg. Alexander McKay, a victim of the Tonquin Massacre, was his father and Dr. John McLoughlin was his stepfather. He ranged widely, built Fort Boise, Idaho, guided gold-seekers to California. He died on his farm near this point in the winter of 1849-1850.
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards series list.
Location. 45° 44.909′ N, 122° 52.648′ W. Marker is in Scappoose, Oregon, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbia River Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51891 SW Old Portland Road, Scappoose OR 97056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark on the Columbia (a few steps from this marker); Route of Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (a few steps from this marker); History of Scappoose (a few steps from this marker); Fort William (approx. 5.6 miles away); Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail (approx. 8.8 miles away); down the trodden path... (approx. 8.8 miles away); Warrior Rock Fog Bell (approx. 8.9 miles away); Early Highway of the West (approx. 10.1 miles away in Washington). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scappoose.
More about this marker. This is an Oregon History “Beaver Board” marker.
Also see . . . Thomas McKay (fur trader).
Thomas McKay had at least three wives during his life. His first wife was Timmee T'Ikul Tchinouk a Chinook woman, daughter of Chief Concomly and were married sometime before 1824 in the Oregon Territory. Their children were Joseph McKay, Margaret McKay, William Cameron McKay, John T. McKay and Alexander McKay. McKay's second wife was She-Who-Rides-Like The Wind Umatilla, an Umatilla, they were married about 1834 in the Oregon Territory. Their child Donald McKay was born in 1836. At Fort Vancouver on December 31, 1838 he married his third wife, Isabelle Montour, daughter of Nicholas Montour, Jr. and Susanne Humpherville. Their children were Maria McKay and Thomas McKay. McKay had six sons and two daughters altogether. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photo 1. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.