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Near Nyse in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Starvation Camp

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. Starvation Camp Marker
Inscription. About 18 September 1860, 26 survivors of the Utter disaster arrived south of here. Only 10 remained when an army relief expedition arrived 5 weeks later.

On September 9 & 10, in Idaho, the Elijah P. Utter wagon train suffered a two-day attack by Indians in which 11 emigrants were killed. After the survivors were discovered here by Indians, some continued on down the Oregon Trail, only to be killed later. The other survivors awaited for rescue. A boy was killed by the Indians and 4 children died from starvation. Those still alive eventually ate the flesh of the dead to preserve their own lives.
 
Erected by Malheur County Historical Society, Idaho and Oregon Chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association.
 
Location. 43° 49.518′ N, 117° 2.232′ W. Marker is near Nyse, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on Succor Creek Highway (Oregon Route 201) near Adams Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2727 Succor Creek Highway, Nyssa OR 97913, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Fort Boise Snake River Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Old Oregon Trail
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. Starvation Camp Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Marie Dorion (approx. 6.1 miles away in Idaho); Old Fort Boise (approx. 6.1 miles away in Idaho); The South Alternate Route of the Oregon Trail (approx. 6.6 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 9.1 miles away); In Search of a Dream (approx. 9.1 miles away); First People of the Land (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Utter Disaster - Idaho OATC. The survivors escaped with only the clothes they were wearing, some firearms, and a few basic necessaties. For over a week they worked their way down the Snake River, hiding in the daytime, walking at night. They traveled over 75 miles to the Owhyee River crossing until they were physically too weak to go on. Some were wounded and all were hungry and exhausted. Here 18 children, 6 surviving parents, and a young man waited to be rescued. (Submitted on August 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Utter Disaster
 
Categories. DisastersSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 138 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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