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Pleasant Hill in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Elijah Bristow

April 28, 1788 - September 19, 1872

 
 
Elijah Bristow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
1. Elijah Bristow Marker
Inscription. In 1845 Elijah Bristow and his wife (Susannah Gabbart Bristow) left their home in Illinois and traveled overland to California. They came to Oregon in the spring of 1846, following the Hudson's Bay trappers' route to the northern Willamette Valley. In June 1846, with Eugene F. Skinner, Felix Scott and William Dodson, Elijah Bristow explored the upper Willamette Valley seeking a place to settle. He was struck with the beauty of a site between the Coast and middle forks of the Willamette River and said, "What a pleasnt hill. This is my claim." The area is now known as Pleasant Hill.

On the side of a small hill near a little stream he built his cabin and later filed a claim for 638.41 acres of land. He and his wife were among the first pioneer residents of what became Lane County. Several of his family moved from the mid-west frontier to the Pacific Northwest over the Oregon Trail in covered wagons and filed for land claims around his. He lived here to the age of 84 with his children and grandchildren around him. The stones used in the chimney monument near this marker are all that remain of the Bristow cabin.

Oregon Historical Marker Committee - Oregon Travel Information Council - 1998
 
Erected 1998 by Oregon Historical Marker Committee, Oregon Travel Information Council.
Elijah Bristow Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
2. Elijah Bristow Marker - Wide View
Showing the Bristow Monument, and the Elijah Bristow and Bristow Monument markers.

 
Location. 43° 58.052′ N, 122° 56.032′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker is on Oregon Route 58 south of Edenvale Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant Hill OR 97455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bristow Monument (here, next to this marker); Ellis F. Lawrence (approx. 8.3 miles away); Petrified Wood (approx. 8 miles away); Granite Glacial Erratic (approx. 8 miles away); The Collier House (approx. 8.8 miles away); Patterson Home Site / Animal House (approx. 9.2 miles away); Cottage Grove Historical Museum (approx. 13.4 miles away); The Centennial Bridge (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Elijah Bristow (Wikipedia). (Submitted on October 29, 2016.)
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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