Near Vale in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Imagine a Day's Journey
Sniff the fragrance as wagon wheels roll over the sagebrush and send its pungent aroma into the air. Inhale the scent of sweat on people and livestock. Smell the stench of the dead cattle, rotting in the heat.
The wind blows dust in choking clouds that get in your mouth, making it hard to breathe and stinging your eyes. Listen to the sounds of wind, wagons, livestock, and voices. Imagine how you feel after walking 15 miles today. Then help with the work of cooking, making camp, and taking care of the animals.
Endeavor to cook dinner over a campfire when you are tired and your eyes burn from the smoke. Imagine eating the same plain food every day. Savor your food even though dust and ashes have blown into it.
Imagine being hot, tired, and hungry. Envision your bed tonight.
Is this the trip you imagined when you started?
... We travelled over a great deal of sage brush which was very bad to get over ... The wagons would bend it down but the ground was sandy and the wagons would sink deep into the sand and then rise high on the sage brush ... -- Ninevali Ford, Emigrant of 1843
... Travelled hard all day. We are all tired,
... now ... a peice (sic) of bacon placed between two peices (sic) of bread actually tastes better than the best of cakes and pies at home ... -- Abigail Jane Scott, 1852 (I agree, editor)
“Never saw such dust! In some places it was actually to the top of the forewheels! ... Our men were a perfect fright, being literally covered with it. Our poor animals staggered along through the blinding dust, coughing at every step! ... My eyes are very sore. -- Ester McMillan Hanna, 1852
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 43° 54.576′ N, 117° 10.587′ W. Marker is near Vale, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on Lytle Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vale OR 97918, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Search of a Dream (here, next to this marker); First People of the Land (a few steps from this marker); Under the Wagon Cover (within shouting distance of this marker); John D. Henderson (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cutoff Fever (approx. 5.8 miles away); Vale Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 5.9 miles away); Vale (approx. 6.2 miles away); Stephen Meek's Cutoff (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vale.
More about this marker. This marker is located about 1/4 mile south of Captain Keeney Pass and 6 miles southeast of Vale.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.