Vale in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Frontiersman Stephen Meek persuaded over 1,000 people with 200 wagons to avoid the notorious Blue Mountains, Cayuse Indians, and Columbia River by turning west up the Malheur River into Central Oregon. Unable to find water west of Wagontire Mountain, the train turned north and rejoined the Oregon Trail at The Dalles. Hunger and illness led to 23 deaths on the trek.
Elijah Elliott convinced over 1,000 people with 215 wagons to attempt a shortcut over the partially completed Free Emigrant Road which had been explored in 1852. Elliott's party followed Meek's route as far as the Harney Valley before striking a different course around Malheur and Harney Lakes. Continuing westward, they became disoriented and desperate. Scouts eventually found the Free Emigrant Road in the Cascade Mountains and reached the Willamette Valley settlements. The settlers soon organized a rescue party to help the stranded emigrants.
In 1852, the road districts of Benton,
Erected by Oregon Travel Information Council, Malheur County Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
Location. 43° 58.962′ N, 117° 13.968′ W. Marker is in Vale, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is at the intersection of A Street East (U.S. 26) and Washington Street East (U.S. 26), on the left when traveling east on A Street East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 489 A Street East, 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. Vale Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 0.2 miles away); John D. Henderson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stephen Meek's Cutoff (approx. 0.8 miles away); Vale (approx. 0.8 miles away); Under the Wagon Cover (approx. 5.8 miles away); First People of the Land (approx. 5.8 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 5.8 miles away); In Search of a Dream (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vale.
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