Puyallup in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Old Oregon Trail
Front of Marker:
29 Jan 1906
Left Side of Marker:
Gregory L. Meeker
Cousin to Ezra
In honor of Bobby and Helen Meeker who taught their son the love of family and community.
Also donated by Raymond L. Kanter and Janet L. Kanter-Purcell
Direct descendants of Ezra
Rear of Marker:
July - August
Right Side of Marker:
Seventy five year old Ezra Meeker left Puyallup in 1906 with two oxen, a wagon, driver and dog to retrace the Oregon Trail.
He returned home in June 1908, having pled his cause to President Roosevelt in Washington.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Trail series list.
Location. 47° 11.469′ N, 122° 17.441′ W. Marker is in Puyallup, Washington Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 Spring Street, Puyallup WA 98372, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McMillin Bridge (approx. 5 miles away); Lockheed-Georgia C-141B Starlifter (approx. 9.9 miles away); Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor (approx. 9.9 miles away); Douglas B-18A Bolo (approx. 9.9 miles away); Douglas C-124C Globemaster II (approx. 9.9 miles away); Douglas B-23 Dragon (approx. 9.9 miles away); Douglas TC-47D Skytrain (approx. 9.9 miles away); Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (approx. 9.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Located near the front porch of the Meeker Mansion.
Also see . . .
1. Virtual tour of the Meeker Mansion. Showing the exterior and all interior rooms. (Submitted on January 17, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.)
2. Meeker Mansion web site. (Submitted on January 19, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Ezra Meeker. (Submitted on January 19, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.)
4. Seattle to Portland: Tenino & the Story of Ezra Meeker. "Meeker was one of the more exceptional Washingtonians of the 19th (and 20th, as it happens) century. Born on December 29, 1830, in Huntsville, Ohio, Meeker brought his family west on the Trail in 1852. In 1862 he settled
"But Ezra Meeker, who lived to the age of 97 and did so much that his life qualifies as several normal ones, is most remembered today for his work to preserve the Oregon Trail.
"On January 29, 1906, the 76-year-old Ezra Meeker set out in a covered wagon, pulled by two oxen, Dave and Dandy, to take the Oregon Trail in reverse. Along the way, he laid Oregon Trail markers. (Submitted on January 19, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington.)
Additional keywords. Meeker, "Ezra Meeker"
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. This page has been viewed 1,703 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 17, 2011, by Michael D Martin of Gig Harbor, Washington. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.