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

The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail

 
 
The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
1. The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail Marker
Map of the Oregon Trail, with features, between Farewell Bend and Pendleton is in the backdrop. Click image to enlarge.
Inscription. Early Oregon Trail emigrants crested the south flank of Flagstaff Hill and, with the Blue Mountains looming to the west, saw a solitary tree in the valley below. Called l’arbre seul (the lone tree) by French-Canadian fur trappers, this large tree, possibly ponderosa pine or Douglas-fir, towered majestically above the floor of Baker Valley about three miles northwest of this marker.
For many years - perhaps centuries - the Lone Tree served as a landmark for Indians, trappers, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants, until felled in 1843 by what explorer John Fremont called, “some inconsiderate emigrant axe.”

The place called Lone Tree is a beautiful valley in the region of the Powder River, in the centre of which is a solitary tree quite large, by the side of which travelers usually stop & refresh themselves. -- Narcissi Whitman, August 26, 1836

...as I drove along, I would raise my head and look at that beautiful green pine. At last, on looking up as usual, there tree was gone. ... That brave old pine, which had withstood the storms and snows of centuries, had fallen at last by the vandal hands of man. Some of our inconsiderate people had cut it down for fuel, but it was to green to burn. ...Had I been there in time I should have begged those woodmen to 'spare that tree.'
The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 28, 2017
2. The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail Marker
The Lone Tree of the Oregon Trail was located in the valley beyond.
-- Peter Hardeman Burnett, September 27, 1843
 
Erected by Baker County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 44° 48.721′ N, 117° 45.255′ W. Marker is near Baker City, Oregon, in Baker County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baker City OR 97814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oregon Trail Memorial (approx. half a mile away); The Lure of Gold (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ruts of the Oregon Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Baker City Chinese History (approx. 3.3 miles away); Chinese Shrine (approx. 3.3 miles away); Baker (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 3˝ miles away); McCord House and Shop (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baker City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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