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Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Medorem Crawford

Wagon Master

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
1. Medorem Crawford Marker
Captions: (upper left) Medorem Crawford; (lower right) Emigrant Escort Agreement, May 25, 1862.
Inscription. "A few of us (went) to the Falls of Willamut where we found many people & considerable of business." Medorem Crawford, Journal, October 3, 1842

An emigrant of 1842, Medorem Crawford worked for nearly a decade hauling freight around Willamette Falls. He married in Oregon, served in the Provisional Government Legislature, and settled in 1855 in Yamhill County.
During the Civil War the U.S. Army withdrew its troops from posts along the Oregon Trail. Crawford organized the "Oregon Escort." a crew of armed young men. Subsidized by Congress at an average of $30,000 per year, the escort traveled with overland emigrants. Crawford led wagon trains in 1862, 1863, and 1864. He later collected taxes and customs duties. Crawford died in 1891

"Starting at 8 1/2 found my horse on the way, horid road, logs and mud holes." Medorem Crawford, Sandy River, Journal, September 26, 1842 (sic)

"On our left arises Mr. Hood with its snowy peak glistening in the sunbeams..." Medorem Crawford, Columbia Gorge, Journal, September 26, 1842 (sic)
 
Erected by End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 45° 
Medorem Crawford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 25, 2017
2. Medorem Crawford Marker
21.863′ N, 122° 35.679′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Abernethy Road, on the right when traveling north. 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. Clackamas Chinook (here, next to this marker); Sidney W. Moss (here, next to this marker); Earthquakes and Mountain Fog (a few steps from this marker); Wagons (a few steps from this marker); Lot Whitcomb (a few steps from this marker); The Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Fishing At Tumwater (a few steps from this marker); To The Banks Of The Willamette (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. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Last updated on March 9, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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