Kirk in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
A Sordid Wild West Story
The History of Military Road
In the 1860s, the new state of Oregon needed better roads for commerce and communication and to allow the military to rapidly respond to conflicts between settlers and Native Americans. Lacking the funds to build roads, the State invoked the federal Wagon Road Act of 1864, granting private industry ownership of lands along the roads as payment for road construction.
Most of the companies awarded these contracts were incompetent, and bribery, and payoffs were common business practices.
Fear of the Native American tribes in Eastern Oregon lead to both for building and road building and became an excuse to confiscate Tribal land. Fort Klamath (shown in the background) was occupied by the First Oregon Cavalry.
The Klamath Tribes' homeland was significantly diminished after the Oregon Central Military Road was built across land granted to the construction company through the Wagon Road Act. Tribal members protested, but at that time they had no
Klamath County operates a small museum on the site of Fort Klamath, located on Hwy 62. Fort Klamath is infamous for being the site were Captain Jack and three others of the Modoc Tribe were hanged in 1873,
Erected by Klamath County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Roads & Vehicles • Wars, US Indian.
Location. 42° 55.804′ N, 121° 35.014′ W. Marker is in Kirk, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker is at the intersection of Military Crossing Road (County Route 677) and Silver Lake Road (County Route 676), on the left when traveling north on Military Crossing Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chiloquin OR 97624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Geologic Apocalypse (approx. 8.6 miles away); Steam, Iron, and Strong Backs (approx. 8.6 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.