Near Vale in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
John D. Henderson
The emigration across the plains was heavy in 1852, and the Henderson family was among the many from Buchanan County going to Oregon or California. According to family tradition, soon after starting they turned around and headed home because of the cholera epidemic then raging. The Hendersons' thirteen-year-old
Nothing is known of the trip across the plains except the fact that here, near the Malheur River on August 9, 1853, John Henderson died. The circumstances and cause of this death are unknown. Some have speculated that he died of "black measles" or mountain fever, diseases with similar symptoms, but there is no evidence for either. His name and date of death were inscribed on a native rock adjacent to his grave. The family went on to the Willamette Valley and settled near Wren in Benton County and later near Philomath.
Mary Ann Henderson married for a second time in 1854 to Isaac B. Justice and died in 1918 while residing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Erected 2017 by Oregon-California Trails Association.
Location. 43° 58.296′ N, 117° 14.106′ W. Marker is near Vale, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker can be reached from Sand Hollow Road near Lytle Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1601 Sand Hollow Road, Vale OR 97918, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cutoff Fever (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vale Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vale (approx. one mile away); Stephen Meek's Cutoff (approx. one mile away); Under the Wagon Cover (approx. 5.2 miles away); First People of the Land (approx. 5.2 miles away); In Search of a Dream (approx. 5.2 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vale.
More about this marker. The Henderson burial site is on an unnamed side road leading north from Sand Hollow Road.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.