Canyonville in Douglas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Homeland of the Cow Creeks
A rapid influx of miners and settlers after the discovery of gold in 1851 forever changed the Cow Creek world. Critical food sources declined and the newcomers brought infectious diseases – Chief Miwaleta was among the casualties. Within a few years the tribe was reduced to starvation. The loss of land and resources led to violent confrontations throughout the region.
Despite a treaty with the US Government – one of Oregonís first – clearly defining boundaries of their homelands, a federal program of Indian removal attempted to forcibly remove the Cow Creeks to reservations in northwest Oregon. Many members eluded capture by hiding in remote parts of the region – seven core families maintained a continuous presence in the area. The U.S. Government ceased pursuing them by the 1870s, and tribal families began to gradually emerge
Erected by Oregon Travel Information Council.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
Location. 42° 56.58′ N, 123° 17.604′ W. Marker is in Canyonville, Oregon, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Creekside Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canyonville OR 97417, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canyonville Applegate Trail Kiosk (approx. 1.4 miles away); Canyon Creek (approx. 3.9 miles away); History of the (grist) Wheel (approx. 5.7 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is at Jordan Creek Rest Area which is located on the west side of Interstate 5 at Exit 99.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.