Near Arlington in Gilliam County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
This Marks the Crossing of the Old Oregon Trail
Used by Pioneers and Settlers of the Oregon Territory
—This Marker in Honor of W.W. Weatherford 1844 - 1926 —
Who followed this route across the plains at the age of 17 driving oxen and walking barefoot. He later settled on Shuttler Flat five miles south of this marker and was the first to engage in wheat farming in Gilliam County
Erected by M. E. Weatherford.
Location. 45° 37.341′ N, 120° 9.925′ W. Marker is near Arlington, Oregon, in Gilliam County. Marker is on Oregon Route 19 0.4 miles south of Montague Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pullout on the west side of Oregon highway 19. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington OR 97812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rocks, Sand & Wind (approx. 5.9 miles away); Fourmile Canyon (approx. 5.9 miles away); Arlington Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Oregon State University - Chronological History.
Between 1843 and 1869, hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Oregon Trail to settle in Oregon, Washington and California. Many of the Oregon settlers came to be associated with Corvallis College, which later became Oregon State University. One of those emigrants was James Knox Weatherford, brother of W. W. Weatherford. The Weatherfords (Submitted on March 14, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. They Broke the Trail.
In 1849, the Oregon farmers who stayed home to grow wheat made more money than those who followed the gold rush to the south. The first Oregon-built ship, the Star of Oregon, moved Willamette Valley wheat to California. The feverish gold diggers of Northern California could scarcely have swung their picks without steady supplies of flour from Oregon. From the first settlement in Oregon, wheat has been the major crop. It was the principal food of the early settler; by territorial law it was legal tender for a time, and it served as the main source of outside revenue. Shipped to California, Hawaiian Islands, and to the East Coast, wheat paid for stoves, clothes, books, tools, musical instruments, and all the things needed in the new Oregon settlements. (Submitted on March 14, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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