Adrian in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The South Alternate Route of the Oregon Trail
Native Americans traveled the course of the Snake River for centuries before fur trappers learned of the route in the early 1800s, and they in turn passed on the knowledge to westbound emigrants. By 1843, and for nearly thirty years thereafter, wagon trains followed the watershed of the Snake River from Fort Hall to Three Island Crossing near the town of Glens Ferry, Idaho. From this river crossing wagon companies often split: some forded the Snake River to gain the north bank; others follow there river's south bank. Those traveling the South Alternate Route avoided two crossings of the Snake and one of the Boise River. The hot, dry, dusty trail, which passed near this site, was more difficult than the northern route
Erected by Oregon Travel Information Council, Malheur County Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 43.99′ N, 117° 4.455′ W. Marker is in Adrian, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is at the intersection of Roswell Road (Oregon Route 452) and Succor Creek Highway (Oregon Route 201), on the left when traveling west on Roswell Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Adrian OR 97901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Starvation Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Fort Boise Snake River Crossing (approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Marie Dorion (approx. 7.8 miles away in Idaho); Old Fort Boise (approx. 7.8 miles away in Idaho); Oregon Trail (approx. 10.7 miles away in Idaho); In Search of a Dream (approx. 13.2 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 13.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.