“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Scappoose in Columbia County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Thomas McKay

Oregon History

Thomas KcKay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2015
1. Thomas KcKay Marker
One of the Oregon Country’s most picturesque fur-traders, Thomas McKay is buried near Scappoose. He was a daring leader, famous storyteller and could drive a nail with a rifle ball. A Canadian, he arrived with the Astorians as a teen-age boy; served with the North West Company, became a clerk with the Hudson’s Bay Company, established a grist mill at Champoeg. Alexander McKay, a victim of the Tonquin Massacre, was his father and Dr. John McLoughlin was his stepfather. He ranged widely, built Fort Boise, Idaho, guided gold-seekers to California. He died on his farm near this point in the winter of 1849-1850.
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
Location. 45° 44.909′ N, 122° 52.648′ W. Marker is in Scappoose, Oregon, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbia River Highway (U.S. 30) and SW Old Portland Road, on the left when traveling north on Columbia River Highway. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small plaza on the west side of the highway, across the highway from Scappoose High School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51891 SW Old Portland Road, Scappoose OR 97056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark on the Columbia (a few steps from this marker); Route of Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (a few steps from this marker); History of Scappoose (a few steps from this marker); Fort William (approx. 5.6 miles away); Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail (approx. 8.8 miles away); down the trodden path... (approx. 8.8 miles away); Warrior Rock Fog Bell (approx. 8.9 miles away); Early Highway of the West (approx. 10.1 miles away in Washington). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scappoose.
More about this marker. This is an Oregon History “Beaver Board” marker.
Also see . . .
1. Thomas McKay (fur trader).
Thomas McKay had at least three wives during his life. His first wife was Timmee T'Ikul Tchinouk a Chinook woman, daughter of Chief Concomly and were married sometime before 1824 in the Oregon Territory. Their children were Joseph McKay, Margaret McKay, William Cameron McKay, John T. McKay and Alexander McKay. McKay's second wife was She-Who-Rides-Like The Wind Umatilla, an Umatilla, they were married about 1834 in the Oregon Territory. Their child Donald McKay was born in 1836. At Fort Vancouver on December 31, 1838 he married his third wife, Isabelle Montour, daughter of Nicholas Montour, Jr. and Susanne Humpherville. Their children were Maria McKay and Thomas McKay. McKay had six sons and two daughters altogether. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Scappoose, Oregon - the beginning.
The first non native to arrive was Thomas McKay, stepson of John McLaughlin of the Hudson Bay Company. He was a trapper and hunter and created a special bond with Chief Concomly. In later years Thomas married Tomee, the princess daughter of Chief Concomly. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Scappoose.
In 1832, fur trader Thomas McKay took a leave from the Hudson’s Bay Company and began farming on the Scappoose Plains opposite the lower end of Wapato (Sauvie) Island. McKay’s stepfather was John McLoughlin, HBC chief factor at Fort Vancouver. His mother was Marguerite Waddens McKay, whose husband (and Thomas’s father), Alexander McKay, was killed in the merchant-ship Tonquin disaster near Nootka Sound in 1811. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photo   1. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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