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Tygh Valley in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Sherar's Bridge Area

 
 
Sherar's Bridge Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2017
1. Sherar's Bridge Area Marker
Inscription. This area on the Deschutes River has been a river crossing and fishing location for thousands of years. Peter Skene Odgen made note of an Indian camp and bridge when he crossed here in 1826. Early pioneers using the Meek Cutoff passed here on their way to The Dalles and the Willamette Valley. John Todd built a bridge in 1860 and in 1868 a post office was established. In 1871 Joseph Sherar bought the bridge, improved the road leading to it and built a 13 room hotel and out buildings that were later used as a stage station. Thousands of people used this crossing to reach the gold mines and ranches of Central Oregon.
 
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 15.648′ N, 121° 2.238′ W. Marker is in Tygh Valley, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is on Sherar's Bridge Highway (Oregon Route 216) near U.S. 197, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tygh Valley OR 97063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tygh Valley (approx. 7.4 miles away); Schreiber Log House (approx. 14 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The Sherar's Bridge is about
Sherar's Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2017
2. Sherar's Bridge and Marker
8 miles east of Tygh Valley.
 
Also see . . .  Sherar's Hotel & Toll Bridge, c. 1910 - The Oregon History Project. Joseph Sherar died in 1908, and within a few years Sherar’s Bridge declined in importance following the construction of rail lines in the Deschutes canyon. In fact, this photograph depicts the railroad grade on both side of the river. Deschutes County purchased the bridge in 1912 and it thereupon became a public thoroughfare. Sherar’s original hotel had several owners before it was destroyed by fire in 1938. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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The Deschutes River from Sherar's Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2017
3. The Deschutes River from Sherar's Bridge
Deschutes River image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2017
4. Deschutes River
Sherar's Hotel and Toll-bridge image. Click for full size.
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5. Sherar's Hotel and Toll-bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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