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Near Huntington in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Remnants of the Oregon Trail

 
 
Remnants of the Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. Remnants of the Oregon Trail Marker
Inscription. From Alkali Springs, called by many pioneers Sulphur Springs, the emigrants traveled on to Birch Creek, which offered much needed water and grass for their livestock. First named "Riviere aux Bouleaux" by French-Canadian fur trappers, here travelers found willows, not birch.
Continuing from Birch Creek, the parade of iron-rimmed wagon wheels inscribed ruts upon the landscape as they churned to the Snake River, only four miles distant. this was the origin of the gentle swale before you, a lasting signature of that vast emigration.

Sunday, 27th We traveled today 22 miles and camped near Indians again. Lucretia bought her a pair of moccasins.
Monday, 28th Today we traveled twelve miles from camp on Birch Creek and camped near Burnt River. The Indians went on and left us. We burned a wagon for wood. -- Elizabeth Austin, August, 1854

Drove from the Sulphur Springs to Birch Creek, eleven miles distant. Road good and weather fine. Country poor, but is beginning to shell out some better grass than usual. Mountains destitute of timber seem to cover the face of the country as far as the eye can penetrate the ethereal blue. Sick are getting better. -- John Kerns, August 24, 1852

Tues Sept 7 Laid by today. Found ourselves most all sick from the effects of drinking sulphur water...
Mon Sept 13 Just
Remnants of the Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. Remnants of the Oregon Trail Marker
Caption: Oregon Trail map from Fort Boise to Flagstaff Hill. br The marker is on the crest of the hill, to the right of the brown sign.
found myself able to write since the last date. We have laid by ever since excepting we moved three miles to the Snake River to get better water. Found plenty of feed. The Indians have visited us every day and brought us fish. They appear perfectly friendly... -- Martha S. Read. 1852

 
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 44° 16.374′ N, 117° 13.2′ W. Marker is near Huntington, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Lockett Road near Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway (Interstate 84), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5850 Lockett Road, Huntington OR 97907, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farewell Bend (approx. 2.1 miles away); Farewell Bend Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 2.2 miles away); Van Ornum Wagon Train Massacre (approx. 4.4 miles away); Van Ornum Massacre (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Van Ornum Wagon Train Massacre (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Last Spike (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Lockett Road is located at Interstate 84 exit 353
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Oregon Trail mileage sign; if only the emigrants had had one. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
3. Oregon Trail mileage sign; if only the emigrants had had one.
The Old Oregon Trail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
4. The Old Oregon Trail
 
 
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 80 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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