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

Stephen Meek's Cutoff

 
 
Stephen Meek's Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. Stephen Meek's Cutoff Marker
Inscription.
In 1845 Meek led 200 families away from Oregon Trail seeking a shorter route west. Gold found enroute began Blue Bucket legend. Hardships drove train back to Oregon Trail at The Dalles.

 
Erected by Malheur County Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 58.932′ N, 117° 14.964′ W. Marker is in Vale, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on A Street West near Clark Street North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 A Street West, 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. Vale (a few steps from this marker); Vale Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cutoff Fever (approx. 0.8 miles away); John D. Henderson (approx. one mile away); Under the Wagon Cover (approx. 6.2 miles away); First People of the Land (approx. 6.2 miles away); In Search of a Dream (approx. 6.2 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vale.
 
More about this marker. This markers is located in Lewin City Park, a triangular park bound by A Street West, Clark Street Noth, and Washington Street West.
 
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Stephen Meek's Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. Stephen Meek's Cutoff Marker
 Meek Cutoff, 1845 -- Oregon Historic Trails Fund. The Meek Cutoff is perhaps the most infamous of all Oregon Trail branches. Seeking a more direct middle route across Oregon's High Desert and central Cascade Range, Stephen Meek, an experienced mountain man, led 200 wagons across the arid plains west of Vale, Oregon toward the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Unable to find water on its intended route west, the train turned north and, after a difficult search, found water at Buck Creek and the South Fork of the Crooked River. By the time Meek's wagon train arrived in The Dalles, at least 23 persons had died. (Submitted on August 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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