Near Wolf Creek in Josephine County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Applegate Trail
Southern Route to Oregon
The first emigrants to trek the new “Southern Road” left with the trailblazers from Fort Hall in early August 1846. With Levi Scott acting as a guide, while Jesse Applegate traveled ahead to mark the route, the hardy emigrants blazed a wagon trail through nearly 500 miles of wilderness arriving in the upper Williamette Valley in November. Emigrant travel continued along the Applegate Trail in later years and contributed greatly to the settlement of southern Oregon and the Williamette Valley.
There were 15 in the family I was with — The Crowleys. Eight of them died before reaching Oregon… The last of the family to die on the trip was Martha Leland Crowley, who died near what used to be called Grave Creek… I was a carpenter and made coffins for the members of our party who died. We had no boards left when Martha died, but I knocked some boxes to pieces and made her a coffin. We buried her by the stream and then corralled the cattle over the grave as the Indians would not find her body and dig it up.
(Unreadable) - 1846
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Applegate Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 42° 38.16′ N, 123° 22.656′ W. Marker is near Wolf Creek, Oregon, in Josephine County. Marker is on Sunny Valley Loop north of Interstate 5, on the left when traveling north. 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. Grave Creek Ranch (here, next to this marker); Applegate Trail - Grave Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Applegate Trail (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Grave Creek"Golden (approx. 3.9 miles away); GOLD! (approx. 4 miles away); Wolf Creek Tavern (approx. 4.2 miles away); Feeble, Hungry, and Haggard (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wolf Creek.
Also see . . . Photo Tour of the Applegate Trail. (Submitted on March 3, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 648 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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