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Pistol River in Curry County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Conflict at Pistol River

 
 
Conflict at Pistol River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 1, 2012
1. Conflict at Pistol River Marker
Inscription. During the early 1850s hundreds of miners and settlers poured into southwest Oregon and onto Indian lands staking claims and establishing farms. The clash of cultural attitudes toward the ownership and use of natural resources led to the Rogue River Indian Wars of 1853-56. War came to the coast in March of 1856, when the Tu-tu-tuni attacked Ellensburg, a settlement at the mouth of the Rogue River (present-day Gold Beach). A party of 34 armed civilians, led by vigilante George H. Abbott, raced northward along the coast from Crescent City, California in advance of regular army troops dispatched to assist survivors who had assembled just north of Ellensburg at Fort Miner. Local Chet-less-chun-dunn villagers responded with armed resistance near this site holding the party at bay behind driftwood for several days until army troops arrived. This conflict led to the tracking and killing of those Indians who participated in the battle. A few Chet-less-chun-dunne still reside in communities along the Oregon and northern California coast.
 
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
 
Location. 42° 16.735′ N, 124° 24.283′ 
Mouth of the Pistol River image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 1, 2012
2. Mouth of the Pistol River
View of the mouth of the Pistol River
W. Marker is in Pistol River, Oregon, in Curry County. Marker is on Oregon Coast Hwy (U.S. 101), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gold Beach OR 97444, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cape San Sebastian (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gold Beach Ranger Station (approx. 8.6 miles away); Gold Beach (approx. 9.6 miles away); Patterson Bridge (approx. 9.9 miles away); Mary D. Hume (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Oregon Travel Experience - Conflict at Pistol River. (Submitted on January 25, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Conflict at Pistol River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 1, 2012
3. Conflict at Pistol River Marker
Conflict at Pistol River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 1, 2012
4. Conflict at Pistol River Marker
Marker looking towards Pistol River to the south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 25, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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