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West Linn in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

George Abernethy

Oregon History

 
 
George Abernethy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
1. George Abernethy Marker
Inscription.  From 1845 to 1849, George Abernethy was the first Provisional Governor of the Oregon Country, which extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and from California to Northern British Columbia. After arriving in Oregon in 1840 as part of the Methodist Mission at Champoeg, he was involved in a series of meetings that ended in the celebrated May 2, 1843, vote to organize a Provisional Government under the United States rather than Great Britain.

After Abernethy served two terms as Governor, the Provisional Government ceased to exist when Oregon became a Territory in 1849. Governor Abernethy's pioneer home was located on the east bank of the Willamette River near the Interstate 205 Bridge.

The bridge across the Willamette one-half mile east from this location has been designated by the 1979 Oregon Legislature as the "George Abernethy Memorial Bridge" in fitting tribute to Oregon's first pioneer Governor. (Marker Number M16.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 2, 1842.
 
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45° 21.099′ N, 122° 37.585′ W. Marker is in West Linn, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker is on Northbound Rest Area (Interstate 205), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Linn OR 97068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. John McLoughlin 1784 - 1857 (here, next to this marker); Willamette Falls Locks (a few steps from this marker); Willamette Falls (a few steps from this marker); Canemah (approx. 0.4 miles away); Explosion of Steamer Gazelle (approx. half a mile away); Historic Canemah Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Dr. John McLoughlin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Peter Skene Ogden House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Linn.
 
George Abernethy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
2. George Abernethy Marker
George Abernethy Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
3. George Abernethy Memorial Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,623 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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