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

Crossing the Calapooya Mountains

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
1. Crossing the Calapooya Mountains Marker
Inscription. Slowed by rugged trail conditions, weather, and weary teams, emigrants in 1846 entered the southern Willamette Valley in dire circumstances. Transit of the mountains between the Rogue River and the Willamette watershed took a terrible toll - abandoned wagons, dead livestock, hunger, and for some, death. Emigrants anticipated at least five months on the trail, but they were unprepared for delays which brought them to the Willamette watershed as late as December.
Thomas Holt, a remarkable resident of Polk County, sensed the tragedy unfolding on the new Applegate Trail. Recruiting neighbors and securing supplies, he sent out on a rescue mission. "I feel for them." he wrote of the starving families he found on the upper Willamette, "I am bound to go and assist them."

Provisions gave out and Mr. Pringle set off on horseback to the settlement for relief, not knowing how long he would be away, or whether he would ever get through In a week or so our scanty provisions wee all gone and we were again in a state of starvation.... As the only alternative, or last resort for the present time, Mr. Pringle's eldest son, Clark shot down one of his father's best working oxen and dressed it. It had not a particle of fat on it, but we had something to eat - poor bones to pick without bread or salt. -- Tabetha Moffet
Crossing the Calapooya Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2017
2. Crossing the Calapooya Mountains Marker
The marker is second from the left.
Brown, Recollections of 1846
 
Erected by Applegate Trail Coalition.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Applegate Trail marker series.
 
Location. 43° 47.855′ N, 123° 3.886′ 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, 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 Changing Trail to Oregon (here, next to this marker); The Applegate Trail - Southern Route to Oregon (here, next to this marker); A Trail by Any Other Name (here, next to this marker); River Road (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.
 
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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 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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