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Wolf Creek in Josephine County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
1. Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard Marker
Inscription.  Generations of Oregon school children learned the lyrics of a song: "Hurry up oh pioneers, your faithful little band must never fail." Applegate Trail emigrants struggled to follow this advice, but the mountainous terrain of northern Josephine County rendered their efforts nearly impossible.
Applegate Trail emigrants reached this region after fording the Rogue River and traveling up the south slope of Sexton Mountain. In 1846, Virgil K. Pringle lamented the "steep pulls and thick timber and underbrush." Ellen Burt called the route in 1853, "the worst road." Travel through the hills between Grave and Wolf creeks, and the watershed of upper Cow Creek tested the hardiest of souls. Those with exhausted teams, dilapidated wagons, or weak spirits faced a terrible trail.

At no previous time had my heart been so much touched with the misfortunes of my wife. The ground was muddy, the air damp and cold, the rain was descending, we were without shelter, half starved, and exceedingly debilitated: added to which we knew not were all these misfortunes would end, or what new calamities might yet be in store for us.
Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
2. Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard Marker
She did not complain in words; but she looked feeble, hungry, and haggard, and appeared to be suffering severely. I could not but reproach myself for having exposed her to the dangers and sufferings incident to such a journey.
-- J. Quinn Thornton, October 27, 1846
 
Erected by Applegate Trail Coalition.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail series list.
 
Location. 42° 41.712′ N, 123° 23.741′ W. Marker is in Wolf Creek, Oregon, in Josephine County. Marker is at the intersection of Old State Highway 99 South and Front Street, on the left when traveling north on Old State Highway 99 South. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wolf Creek OR 97497, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Traveler Accommodations (here, next to this marker); The Applegate Trail (a few steps from this marker); Wolf Creek Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Glendale (approx. 3.3 miles away); Golden (approx. 3.4 miles away); GOLD! (approx. 3.4 miles away); Grave Creek Ranch
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(approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Applegate Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wolf Creek.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in a small park across from the Historic Wolf Creek Inn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2018. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on July 28, 2020, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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