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Pleasant Hill in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Elijah Bristow

April 28, 1788 - September 19, 1872

Elijah Bristow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
1. Elijah Bristow Marker
Inscription.  In 1845 Elijah Bristow and his wife (Susannah Gabbart Bristow) left their home in Illinois and traveled overland to California. They came to Oregon in the spring of 1846, following the Hudson's Bay trappers' route to the northern Willamette Valley. In June 1846, with Eugene F. Skinner, Felix Scott and William Dodson, Elijah Bristow explored the upper Willamette Valley seeking a place to settle. He was struck with the beauty of a site between the Coast and middle forks of the Willamette River and said, "What a pleasnt hill. This is my claim." The area is now known as Pleasant Hill.

On the side of a small hill near a little stream he built his cabin and later filed a claim for 638.41 acres of land. He and his wife were among the first pioneer residents of what became Lane County. Several of his family moved from the mid-west frontier to the Pacific Northwest over the Oregon Trail in covered wagons and filed for land claims around his. He lived here to the age of 84 with his children and grandchildren around him. The stones used in the chimney monument near this marker are all that remain of the Bristow cabin.

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Elijah Bristow Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
2. Elijah Bristow Marker - Wide View
Showing the Bristow Monument, and the Elijah Bristow and Bristow Monument markers.
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Marker Committee - Oregon Travel Information Council - 1998
Erected 1998 by Oregon Historical Marker Committee, Oregon Travel Information Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1846.
Location. 43° 58.052′ N, 122° 56.032′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker is on Oregon Route 58 south of Edenvale Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant Hill OR 97455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bristow Monument (here, next to this marker); Wiley Griffon (approx. 8.3 miles away); Ellis F. Lawrence (approx. 8.3 miles away); Petrified Wood (approx. 8½ miles away); Granite Glacial Erratic (approx. 8½ miles away); Touring the Past (approx. 8.7 miles away); Lowell Covered Bridge (approx. 8.7 miles away); Building a Bridge (approx. 8.7 miles away).
Also see . . .  Elijah Bristow (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 29, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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