Near Jordan Valley in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Owyhee River
The geologic life of the Owyhee River Basin began nearly 14 million years ago. The river flows through strata of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pliestocene (sic) Eras.
The Owyhee Canyon offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits -- with scenic, historical, zoological, geological, botanical, archaeological, hunting, fishing, float boating, and wilderness values. The gorge affords winter protection to hundreds of mule deer. Chukar, partridge and valley quail are found along the canyon floor and rock slopes. Golden Eagles and a variety of hawks nest on rock ledges. The river supports small-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and channel catfish. The livestock industry has been in the Owyhee River area since the 1800s. Wild horses can be found watering at the river where the deep gorge has been cut by tributary drainages. The canyon contains signs of Indian and pioneer occupation including
Please help protect all resource values.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 42° 50.525′ N, 117° 36.87′ W. Marker is near Jordan Valley, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on ION Highway (U.S. 95 at milepost 53) near Rome Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jordan Valley OR 97910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sarah Winnemucca (approx. 3½ miles away).
Also see . . . Owyhee River. About one-third of the men with Donald MacKenzie's Snake Country Expeditions of 1819–20 were Hawaiians, commonly called "Kanakas" or "Sandwich Islanders" in those days, with "Owyhee" being a standard period spelling of the proper Hawaiian language name for the islands, hawai'i, which then was otherwise unused in English. (Submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.