Oakland in Douglas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The First Cabin in Douglas County
Rev. J.A. Cornwall and Family
They built the
First Immigrant Cabin
in Douglas County near
this site hence the name
The family wintered here in
Were saved from extreme want
by Israel Stoley, a nephew
who was a good hunter
The Indians were friendly
The Cornwalls traveled
part way westward with
the illfated Donner Party
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 43° 26.099′ N, 123° 18.611′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Oregon, in Douglas County. Marker is on Old Highway 99 North north of North Old Town Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland OR 97462, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Oakland (approx. 1.1 miles away); Applegate Trail - Oakland (approx. 1.1 miles away); Water Wheel (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Cow Creeks Pinot Noir (approx. 14.8 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is on Old Highway 99 North, just past where the road becomes a one-way connector to I-5 North. If one does not actually wish to travel north on I-5, then it would be better to park a bit to the south of the marker, in order to be able to turn around and head south (otherwise one is shunted northwards).
Regarding The First Cabin in Douglas County. Noted author Joan Didion is related to the Cornwalls - her great-great-great-grandmother, Nancy Hardin Cornwall was married to the Rev. Josephus Adamson Cornwall. In her book Where I Was From, she spends several pages musing on her forebears lives and what they went through to settle in Oregon. Includes a brief discussion of the historical marker.
Also see . . . Willamette Valley (OregonOverland.com). Multi-page account of the Cornwall's wintering at Cabin Creek. (Submitted on October 31, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.