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Ashland in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Applegate Trail

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, August 10, 2013
1. The Applegate Trail Marker
Inscription.  In the spring of 1846 pioneers settling in the western valleys of Oregon encouraged the opening of an alternate wagon route from the states to their settlements—one that avoided the perils of the Columbia River, and one free of control by England's Hudson's Bay Company. Jesse and Lindsay Applegate, who both lost sons to the Columbia River in 1843, were among the volunteers for this task. Ultimately the group grew to fifteen, including Levi Scott, John Scott, Moses (“Black”) Harris, John Boygus, John Owens, John Jones, Robert Smith, Samuel Goodhew, Bennett Osborn, William Sportsman, William Parker, Benjamin Burch, and David Goff. Jesse Applegate became the leader of the group.

They traveled south from the northern part of the Willamette Valley and passed this area about a mile to the east. Approximately ten miles southeast of here they turned east to cross the Cascade Mountains. They continued east and southeast until they intersected the Fort Hall wagon road to California. The new trail was first used by pioneers coming from the states in the fall of that year.

In 1848 Peter H. Burnett led a group of more than
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By Douglass Halvorsen, August 10, 2013
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150 men and fifty heavily loaded wagons from Oregon City to the goldfields of California. He took this route as far as the east of Tule Lake, then headed south and west, ultimately entering the Sacramento Valley near present-day Chico. This established the first wagon road between Oregon and the Sacramento Valley.

This is part of your American heritage. Honor it, protect it, preserve it for your children.
 
Erected 1993 by Oregon-California Trails Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
 
Location. 42° 11.855′ N, 122° 42.192′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Oregon, in Jackson County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland OR 97520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ashland, OR (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ashland’s Golden Spike (about 700 feet away); Ashland Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Enders Building No. 1, 1914 (approx. half a mile away); Citizens Banking and Trust Company Building No. 2 1910 (approx. half a mile away); Applegate Trail - Ashland Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Whittle Garage
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Ashland Lithia Water (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in Railroad Park.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Applegate Trail - History of the Southern Route. (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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