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Near Port Orford in Curry County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Pioneer Will ... and the Pioneer Way

 
 
The Pioneer Will ... and the Pioneer Way Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 29, 2021
1. The Pioneer Will ... and the Pioneer Way Marker
Inscription.  Imagine starting a farm from scratch on isolated, raw land, with no running water, refrigeration or electricity. Everything was hard; everything was physical.

The family cleared great stands of spruce, rooting out the stumps with teams of horses, to ready the land for their new life here, halfway around the world from their Irish homeland. The farmstead and the business they built was typical of 19th century American success.

After some 30 years here, Patrick and Jane Hughes had raised seven children, expanded their land base to 2,000 acres and managed a successful dairy herd of 100 cows.

Captions (top to bottom):
• Patrick and Jane Hughes came to Cape Blanco in the 1860s. They built this house in 1898.
A bit of the old sod? Did the view from here remind the Hughes of their Irish homeland? Their route to the New World had taken them first to Boston, then to San Francisco. Patrick was intrigued by gold prospecting, but Jane wanted a place to raise a family.
• This barn housed the Hughes dairy cows until around 1905. The herd probably included both black and white Holsteins and
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Jerseys, noted for their sour tempers and sweet butter.
• Old photos show some of the farm outbuildings that are no longer here. The largest one behind the house is the bunkhouse for hired hands. A Hughes great-grandson remembered it fondly as a favorite haunt full of fascinating old tools, a model sailing ship, and a pioneer musket.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 42° 50.537′ N, 124° 32.315′ W. Marker is near Port Orford, Oregon, in Curry County. Marker can be reached from Cape Blanco Road, 3.9 miles west of U.S. 101, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the Historic Hughes House in Cape Blanco State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 91816 Cape Blanco Road, Port Orford OR 97465, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lifeline to the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); We Have a River in Common (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Toward a New Century (about 500 feet away); Building Community Cornerstones (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Lifeline to the Past (approx. 1.1 miles away); Oregon Beach Gold (approx. 3.2 miles away);
The Pioneer Will ... and the Pioneer Way Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 29, 2021
2. The Pioneer Will ... and the Pioneer Way Marker
Marker is on the far right.
Battle Rock City Park (approx. 7.2 miles away); Wreck of the Cottoneva (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Orford.
 
Also see . . .  Patrick and Jane Hughes House. By Leland Roth in the Oregon Historical Society's Oregon Encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 118 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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