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Fort Rock in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Home Sweet Home

 
 
Home Sweet Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
1. Home Sweet Home Marker
Inscription.
The 1909 Enlarged Homestead Act fueled a landrush that began with the Homestead Act of 1862. The Act allowed qualified individuals to claim 320 acres by building a residence and cultivating 40 acres. Motivated by dreams of a "Garden of Eden” – or simply the desire to own land, thousands headed west. In 1911 Oregon's Silver Lake Leader claimed: "Every stage and every automobile licensed to carry passengers… brings its quota of new settlers who are hurrying to file on a piece of government land before it is too late. Central Oregon has never seen, and after next summer will never see another such rush, for by that time it will be virtually all gone."

Although large livestock ranches were established in this region during the late 1800s, farming came with the homesteaders in the early 1900s. Life on this land was not easy for these pioneers, especially when the hot summer sun struck the anvil of the desert or the hoary blasts of winter froze their dreams. Dryland farming was a laborious and expensive venture, and many would-be sod-busters simply left when their backs gave out or the money ran out. The advent of World War I saw many homesteaders drafted into service, while others left for "good jobs" in the city. The development of deep-well irrigation technology in the 1960s made agriculture
Home Sweet Home Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
2. Home Sweet Home Marker (tall view)
profitable. Today, locally grown alfalfa is highly prized and is shipped as far as Japan. Those homesteaders that persevered created their own "Garden of Eden" and tight-knit communities that endured.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 43° 21.348′ N, 121° 3.486′ W. Marker is in Fort Rock, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker is on Old Fort Rock Road (County Route 5-10) west of County Route 5-13, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Fort Rock Homestead Museum, along the boardwalk overlooking historic building exhibits. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Rock OR 97735, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Claiming the Desert (here, next to this marker); A Path to the Past (a few steps from this marker); The First People of Fort Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cowboy, Horseman, Philosopher (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Birth of a Tuff Ring (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Rock State Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Reuban A. "Reub" Long (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Rock.
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker detail: Fort Rock School 1911 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
3. Marker detail: Fort Rock School 1911
Schoolhouses, like the Fort Rock School pictured above in 1911, sprang up throughout this region with the first homesteaders. Located within walking distance for children, the schools also served as community centers.
Marker detail: Penrose Blacksmith Shop 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
4. Marker detail: Penrose Blacksmith Shop 1910
Heading for town was an event for homesteaders and Penrose's Blacksmith Shop in Fort Rock, pictured here in 1910, was always a busy place.
Home Sweet Home Marker (<i>wide view; adjacent marker, historic building exhibits in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
5. Home Sweet Home Marker (wide view; adjacent marker, historic building exhibits in background)
Sunset School Building (<i>historic exhibit near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2016
6. Sunset School Building (historic exhibit near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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