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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wolf Creek in Josephine County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Canyon Creek

Oregon History

 
 
Canyon Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 21, 2017
1. Canyon Creek Marker
Inscription. The narrow gorge of Canyon Creek has long served as a travel corridor. Native Americans likely trekked this canyon for thousands of years. Alexander McLeod of the Hudson's Bay Company provided the first written account of the route in 1829, while traveling from Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River to California's Central Valley. The U.S. Exploring Expedition, under Lt. George Emmons, followed the trail in 1841 making scientific observations. In 1846 this defile became part of the Applegate Trail, an effort by early emigrants to find an alternative to the treacherous Columbia River portion of the Oregon Trail. Prospectors and packers labored up the canyon en route to California's gold fields, beginning in 1848. Stagecoaches followed the rocky route in the 1870s, and today, Interstate 5 carries millions of vehicles over the steep pass.
 
Erected by Oregon Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Applegate Trail, and the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
 
Location. 42° 53.898′ N, 123° 14.862′ W. Marker is near Wolf Creek, Oregon, in Josephine County. Marker is at the intersection of I-5 Frontage Road and Ritchie Road, on the right when traveling north on I-5 Frontage Road. Touch for map.
Canyon Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 21, 2017
2. Canyon Creek Marker
Marker is in this post office area: Wolf Creek OR 97497, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canyonville Applegate Trail Kiosk (approx. 2.4 miles away); Homeland of the Cow Creeks (approx. 3.9 miles away); Wolf Creek Tavern (approx. 16 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the Frontage Road at Interstate 5 Exit 95.
 
Categories. ExplorationRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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