Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ontario in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage

 
 
Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage Marker
Inscription. Overland emigration between 1840 and 1863 brought over 50,000 pioneers to Oregon. Seven miles west of Malheur Butte, weary Oregon Trail emigrants camped at the Malheur River crossing, taking advantage of local hot springs and the first good water source in present-day Oregon.

Malheur County provides excellent interpretive experiences along the Oregon Trail.:
Adrian, An Oregon Historical Marker commemorates the South Alternate Route.
Nyssa, A kiosk presents interpretive panels describing Fort Boise and a vivid account of emigrants crossing the Snake River.
Keeney Pass, The Bureau of Land Management interprets the dusty track through the summit with well-preserved wagon ruts and a panoramic view of a full day's journey.
Vale, A kiosk presents interpretation about the use of the Hot Springs on the Malheur River, the legend of the Blue Bucket and the history of Vale. The kiosk is located near the junction of Highways 20 and 26.
Ontario, A kiosk locate at the I-94 Rest Area East near Ontario, presents an overview of the Oregon Trail and the emigrants that traveled west.
Farewell Bend State Park, A kiosk presents excellent accounts of the journey along this segment of the trail.
Birch Creek, At the BLM interpretive site,
Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. Malheur County's Oregon Trail Heritage Marker
This marker is on the far right.
wagon ruts are distinctive.
 
Erected by Oregon Economic Development Department.
 
Location. 43° 59.136′ N, 117° 5.97′ W. Marker is near Ontario, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on Thundered Boulevard (U.S. 26) near Lee Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Central Oregon Highway, Ontario OR 97914, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Malheur Butte (here, next to this marker); First People of the Land (approx. 6.5 miles away); Under the Wagon Cover (approx. 6.5 miles away); Imagine a Day's Journey (approx. 6.5 miles away); In Search of a Dream (approx. 6.5 miles away); Cutoff Fever (approx. 6.6 miles away); Vale Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 6.8 miles away); John D. Henderson (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
Paid Advertisement