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Cottage Grove in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

River Road

Historic Trail to Modern Highway

 
 
River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. River Road Marker
Inscription. Roads and rights-of-way were serious public considerations on the Oregon frontier. Market roads, territorial roads and county roads were the lifelines of commerce and communication. River Road - the road upon which you are standing - was once a Kalapuya Indian trail, and in 1846 it became part of the Applegate Trail. With the discovery of gold in 1848 the trail quickly became the "Road to California." River Road became part of the Territorial Road from Eugene to Roseburg during the 1850s, a stage route in the 1860s, and was Cottage Grove's first main street. During the 1910s it became part of the Pacific Highway, a major north-south corridor which, in time, reached from Canada to Mexico.

...a survey...has been made, and a good and practicable route found and marked out, according to the road laws, leaving John Cochran's on the coast fork said road passed through a thickly settled country to the foot of the Calapooya Mountains.
Ascending the mountains there is no trouble in making a good road as it is a gradual ascent to the summit....
-- Joseph Latshaw, Surveyor, Eugene City, October 1855
 
Erected by Applegate Trail Coalition.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Applegate Trail marker series.
 
Location.
River Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. River Road Marker
The marker is second from the right.
43° 47.856′ N, 123° 3.887′ W. Marker is in Cottage Grove, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker is on North River Road near West Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 North River Road, Cottage Grove OR 97424, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Applegate Trail - Southern Route to Oregon (here, next to this marker); The Changing Trail to Oregon (here, next to this marker); Crossing the Calapooya Mountains (here, next to this marker); A Trail by Any Other Name (here, next to this marker); The Centennial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottage Grove Historical Museum (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Bristow (approx. 13.4 miles away); Bristow Monument (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cottage Grove.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Veterans Park.
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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