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Near Jordan Valley in Malheur County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Owyhee River

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 26, 2019
1. The Owyhee River Marker
Inscription.  The Owyhee River originates in Nevada, courses through Idaho and flows into the Snake River in Oregon. Most of the Owyhee River Canyon is managed by the Bureau of Land Management with the rest under Bureau of Reclamation, State of Oregon, and private management.
The geologic life of the Owyhee River Basin began nearly 14 million years ago. The river flows through strata of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pliestocene (sic) Eras.
The Owyhee Canyon offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits -- with scenic, historical, zoological, geological, botanical, archaeological, hunting, fishing, float boating, and wilderness values. The gorge affords winter protection to hundreds of mule deer. Chukar, partridge and valley quail are found along the canyon floor and rock slopes. Golden Eagles and a variety of hawks nest on rock ledges. The river supports small-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and channel catfish. The livestock industry has been in the Owyhee River area since the 1800s. Wild horses can be found watering at the river where the deep gorge has been cut by tributary drainages. The canyon contains signs of Indian and pioneer occupation including
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 26, 2019
2. The Owyhee River Marker (map detail)
rock shelters, petroglyphs, cabins, waterwheels, and corrals. Seeing such ruins enhances the pleasure of recreationists.
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Location. 42° 50.525′ N, 117° 36.87′ W. Marker is near Jordan Valley, Oregon, in Malheur County. Marker is on ION Highway (U.S. 95 at milepost 53) near Rome Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jordan Valley OR 97910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sarah Winnemucca (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Owyhee River. About one-third of the men with Donald MacKenzie's Snake Country Expeditions of 1819–20 were Hawaiians, commonly called "Kanakas" or "Sandwich Islanders" in those days, with "Owyhee" being a standard period spelling of the proper Hawaiian language name for the islands, hawai'i, which then was otherwise unused in English. (Submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Owyhee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 26, 2019
3. The Owyhee River Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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