Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Dr. John McLoughlin
Father of Oregon
His personality was measured in patience, generosity, determination, and character. From 1824 to 1845 John McLoughlin ran the vast Hudson's Bay Company enterprise in the watershed of the Columbia. A medical doctor, he secured profits for his employers and peace with the Indians. He tested the potentials for farming, stock raising, and industry. He extended credit, food, clothing, and tools to the bedraggled American emigrants who came to his doorstep.
McLoughlin and his wife, Marguerite, settled at Oregon City. He built a sawmill at the falls in 1842, platted the town in 1843, and saw it become the center of commerce and culture on the Oregon frontier. McLoughlin, who died in 1857, became an American citizen and held the respect and appreciation of thousands. In 1907 the State of Oregon honored McLoughlin with the title "Father of Oregon."
"I beg leave to state, that in 1829 I took Oregon City Claim, and made improvements on it. In 1842 I began to erect Mills..." -- John McLoughlin to Alexander H.H. Stewart, July 15, 1851
Erected by End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oregon (here, next to this marker); To The Banks Of The Willamette (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Tribes of Grande Ronde Today (here, next to this marker); The Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Coyote Creates Willamette Falls (a few steps from this marker); Wagons (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Coyote Creates Willamette Falls (a few steps from this marker); Clackamas Chinook (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the End Of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center facing outward towards Abernethy Green.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
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