Near Mitchell in Wheeler County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Fossils on the Frontier
(Map of The Dalles—Canyon City Military Road—1873)
The Dalles-Canyon City Military Road was built in 1864, linking the Canyon City gold camps with settlements along the Columbia River. Thomas Condon, Congregational minister in The Dalles and an avid naturalist, recognized the value of Captain Drake’s fossil discovery. Condon joined a military patrol to this region in 1865 and came face-to-face with the fossil treasures that were to be his life work. Dr. Condon became the first State Geologist in 1872 and Professor of Geology at the University of Oregon in 1876.
Location. 44° 39.239′ N, 120° 15.096′ W. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument at the end of the road to the picnic area; the above directions are to the intersection of Bear Creek Road and the picnic area road. Marker is in this post office area: Mitchell OR 97750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Look Below the Surface (here, next to this marker); A Matter of Survival (approx. 0.8 miles away); Deciphering the Forest (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pieces of the Puzzle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Painted Hills Overlook (approx. 0.8 miles away); Who was John Day? (approx. 0.8 miles away).
Categories. • Exploration • Paleontology •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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