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Hillsboro in Washington County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Joseph L. Meek

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 24, 2017
1. Joseph L. Meek Marker
Inscription. This marks the land claim of Joseph L. Meek, famed and unlettered "mountain man," who arrived in 1840 after driving from Fort Hall to Walla Walla in the first wagon on that part of the Oregon Trail. He was a founder of the Provisional Government; served as the first sheriff, the first marshal, the first census taker. He carried word of the Whitman Massacre to Washington D.C., where President Polk, whose wife was his cousin, received him. Named marshal under the New Territorial Government, he accompanied Governor Lane to Oregon. His final Indian fighting was as a soldier in the Yakima War, 1855-56. He died here in 1875. A neighbor called him: "very popular and as brave as Julius Caesar".
 
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
 
Location. 45° 35.058′ N, 122° 58.87′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Oregon, in Washington County. Marker is on NorthWest Victory Lane near NorthWest School Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro OR 97124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort William (approx.
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 24, 2017
2. Joseph L. Meek Marker
8 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 11.1 miles away); History of Scappoose (approx. 12.4 miles away); Route of Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (approx. 12.4 miles away); Lewis and Clark on the Columbia (approx. 12.4 miles away); Thomas McKay (approx. 12.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a small turnout 'sandwiched' between NW Victory Lane and U.S. Highway 26.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph L. Meek (1810-1875) - Oregon Encyclopedia. In 1866, Meek met Francis Fuller Victor, a well-known writer who recently had moved to St. Helens. Victor developed a fascination for Meek, who was locally renowned as a storyteller and hilarious orator. Supplementing Meek's own memoir with interviews, Victor's and Meek’s collaborative biography, The River of the West, was published in 1870. Victor crafted a gem of fur-trade historical literature, brimming with Meek’s tales of the beaver trade and delightful vignettes delivered in the unvarnished jargon of the mountain men. (Submitted on February 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Joseph L. Meek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 24, 2017
3. Joseph L. Meek Marker
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By Barry Swackhamer
4. Joseph L. Meek
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 9, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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