Tygh Valley in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Oregon Trail
Tygh Valley's name is inherited from this area's original residents, the Tygh Indians, who camped and traded with the early emigrants here.
1845 Oregon Trail pioneers followed a wagon road here from the Dalles. Their route crossed Tygh Ridge and tumbled down to the valley floor just across from today's Wasco County Fairgrounds.
By 1850, some Oregon Trail travelers used a shortcut from the John Day River. It came across the Deschutes River and west to Tygh Valley. In doing so, the emigrants bypassed The Dalles and avoided many miles.
When leaving the valley on the new Barlow Road, travelers used many of the draws to the West especially the one near the fairground.
Location. 45° 14.43′ N, 121° 11.214′ W. Marker is in Tygh Valley, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is on Wamic Market Road near St. Charles Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tygh Valley OR 97063, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Sherar's Bridge Area (approx. 7.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is at a turnout overlooking Tygh Valley about 1/2 mile west of town.
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