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Near Le Grande in Union County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon

 
 
Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2017
1. Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon Marker
Captions: (upper right) The booming city of Perry, showing the Grande Ronde Lumber Company.; (middle left) Logging in the Grande Ronde hills.; (middle right) Corduroy roads are made by placing sand covered logs perpendicular to the road to create a road bed over a low or swampy area.
Inscription. Lumber was vital to early settlers of the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1890, Smith and Stanley built a large mill in the small town of Perry, Oregon. Operating the first bandsaw in Union County, the large mill at Perry was producing about 20,000,000 board feet of lumber per year. Trees were cut from the surrounding hills and carried to the mill using the Grande Ronde River and its tributaries.

Grande Ronde Lumber Company

By 1900, the mill changed ownership and was renamed the Grande Ronde Lumber Company. Logging continued after the railroad was extended through the nearby Starkey area in 1906, which allowed for an expanded timber base and more stable employment.

Increasing Road Traffic

At the turn of the century, travel between cities and towns, when not possible by railroad , relied upon stages of private wagons, which soon shared bumpy, corduroy roads with increasing numbers of horseless carriages.

Staking a Place Along the Highway

As automobile and truck use gained popularity, the first state highway plan - "Get Oregon Out of the Mud" campaign - was adopted in 1914. One of Oregon's primary highways was US 30 that extended from Ontario to Seaside, through northeast Oregon and the Columbia River
Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2017
2. Highway US30 and Perry, Oregon Marker
Gorge. US 30 was a vital link of the movement of goods from Oregon ports, mills, and farms - to and from points east. Businesses and property owners considered locations along the highway as an advantage and requirement for their success. The route also served tourists wishing to visit Oregon's scenic coast, forests, mountains and Columbia River.
 
Location. 45° 21.184′ N, 118° 10.251′ W. Marker is near Le Grande, Oregon, in Union County. Marker can be reached from Hamilton Creek Frontage Road near Interstate 84, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grande OR 97850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Conde B. McCullough and Upper Perry Arch Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hilgard Junction Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 3.2 miles away); "Wagons East " 1975-1976 (approx. 3.2 miles away); Historic La Grande (approx. 3.3 miles away); A Beautiful Rough Road (approx. 7.6 miles away); On This Ridge... (approx. 7.7 miles away); Parade of Survivors (approx. 7.7 miles away); A Native American Trail (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Le Grande.
 
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Upper Perry Arch Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 30, 2017
3. Upper Perry Arch Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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